Objectives:The long term goal of this project is to develop a regional ballast water management plan that is consistent with national and international efforts (e.g. NISA 1996 and the U.S. Coast Guard requirements and the International Maritime Organizations’ voluntary guidelines). The specific objectives are to:1. establish a ballast water working group for the Northeast,2. convene a series of workshops on topics of interest in the region (e.g. potential to identify safe havens, issues related to coastal transport and ballast water exchange, alternative ballast water treatments, monitoring),3.