The NBIC has seen an increased number of PDF Ballast Water Management Reporting forms (BWMR) that are corrupted and unable to be opened, thus requiring rejection. To ensure that your submission is processed, 1) please download a new BWMR from the NBIC, 2) make sure to download it first to your computer instead of opening in your browser, and 3) use only Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader version 9 or higher to complete your BWMR. No other PDF software besides Adobe Acrobat software will work for successful form submission. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/pdf-reader.html
Alternatively, create an account and use the NBIC online web application form as a submission portal. Submission via the web application form requires an internet connection, but allows access to previous report history, is always up to date, and gives instant confirmation that a BWMR has been received by the NBIC. Information on the NBIC web application form can be found at https://nbic.si.edu/submit/onlineform/. Follow the instructions listed on that page to create an account or log into https://invasions.si.edu/ballastwater/auth/login.