Oils in silicone coatings are found to affect the development of sea urchins. Extracts from a paper: “The effects of model polysiloxane and fouling-release coatings on embryonic development of a sea urchin (Arbacia punctulata) and a fish (Oryzias… Continue reading
The world’s commercial shipping fleet, already struggling with the cost of meeting environmental regulations, may be sitting on an even bigger time bomb. Analysis of hull anti-fouling coatings suggests they could be shedding a hitherto unsuspected one million tons… Continue reading
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, a proposed addition to the U.S. defence bill, risks making the Great Lakes highly vulnerable to aquatic invasive species.
The act proposes to exempt ballast water discharges from the federal Clean Water Act. It also… Continue reading
Degradation of anti-fouling paints, leaving a rough surface which increases water resistance, is often overlooked as a reason for deteriorating fuel efficiency in ships.
By and large, ship operators are more than happy to do what they can to lower… Continue reading
Unpublished research suggests that “Foul Release” silicone hull coatings, rather then being a biocide-free alternative to copper anti-foulings, actually rely on organotin compounds for their effect.
Tin compounds were banned as anti-fouling agents in 2008, but the ban is avoided… Continue reading
Crustaceans at 10,000 metre depths contain higher concentrations of chemicals than some animals in coastal waters
Research reported in this month’s NATURE shows that toxic chemicals, including anti-fouling compounds from ship hulls, are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches.
The research, conducted from the University of Aberdeen and presented at a conference inShanghai,… Continue reading
A survey analysis of heavy metals bio-accumulation in internal organs of sea shell animals affected by the sustainable pollution of antifouling paints used for ships anchored at some domestic maritime spaces
Published in China Science Bulletin, 2008
By WANG JunLian1 et al
“Some samples of sea shell animals stuck and multiplied on the bottom (beneath the seawater) coated with antifouling paints were collected at some domestic maritime spaces, and… Continue reading
The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has unveiled its North Sea prototype.
When installed, the prototype will become the first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea.
The prototype will be… Continue reading
Published by International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
By Francisco Antonio Guardiola et al.
“The use of biocides in the aquatic environment … has proved to be harmful as it has toxic effects on the… Continue reading
Published in Ecology Letters, 2013
By H. Seebens, M. T. Gastner and B. Blasius
The rate of biological invasions has strongly increased during the last decades, mostly due to the accelerated spread of species by increasing global trade… Continue reading