In an effort to make ballast water data available to state and federal entities and the public, NBIC has developed the Public Data Portal, featuring:
- The NBIC Public Database, a searchable database of individual ballast water management reports;
- Summary charts and tables visualizing patterns through time such as:
- Arrivals by ship type for state and coastal regions
- Ballast water discharge and management by ship type for state and coastal regions
- Nonindigenous species by vector for coastal regions
Data are accessible for all coastal states on a state-by-state basis. Note that inland ports and waterways, including those of the Great Lakes, have been incorporated into the NBIC database as of August 2004. Information on data availability from earlier Great Lakes arrivals can be requested by contacting the U.S. Coast Guard at (202) 267-4618.
As of July 2010, data from Ballast Water Management Reporting Forms from overseas arrivals (vessels that have operated outside the US and Canadian EEZs just prior to arrival) to the Hudson River (ports north of the George Washington Bridge) and the Saint Lawrence Seaway (Massena, NY and Montreal, ON) are included in the NBIC online database. Note: Ballast Water Management Reporting Forms for such arrivals are not reported directly to the NBIC, so data reported here may not be comprehensive. See 33 CFR 151 Subpart C for United States federal regulations pertaining to ballast water management for control of nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes and Hudson River.
AcknowledgementAccess to the data is given with the understanding that the data or analyses derived from the data will not be reproduced in any form without acknowledging the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse as the source. These conditions are specified in a data use statement. Users are required to agree to these conditions in advance of downloading data from the site.
See the Glossary of Terms index page for definitions relating to the database search.