Working on the cutting edge of ecology and corporate development, marine biology and shipping. This is the broad area where Marine Eco Analytics (MEA-nl) operates and contributes significantly to the conservation of our valuable ecosystems and biodiversity.
Water is essential for life on earth. It is of crucial importance to every living organism, but also for the manufacturing of products and global transport. For all these reasons, it is necessary to act responsibly with our water.
Our nature has the capacity to establish new balances when ecosystems are affected by natural or human impacts. However, this natural resilience is not endless and not without consequences. Vulnerable, locally occurring ecosystems have been vanished under human influence and altered ecosystems are often poorer in biodiversity. Since the industrial revolution of the last two hundred years, nature has been unable to keep up with the pace of human activities. In the case of marine biology, species ‘lower’ in the food pyramid, like plankton, are often affected, causing huge effects in the upper levels and the whole ecosystem. Additionally, when a whole population of a certain species is affected it will cause dramatic changes in the whole food chain and ecosystem. Changes that are irreversible.
Most often, environmental damage is an unintentional side effect of human actions. This is also the case with the increasing demand for cheaply produced goods from areas across our worlds’ ocean and seas. Globalisation and the on-going increase of maritime traffic cause an involuntary, huge amount of transport of marine species previously unknown by men. Via ballast water and hull fouling (organism growth on the ships’ hull), hazardous species are transported such as the comb jelly (damage to fisheries and the ecosystem), cholera and red tides (causing health effects, like recently on the North Sea coast).
Marine Eco Analytics (MEA-nl) aims to contribute significantly to the protection of biodiversity and our global waters. We offer assistance in the processes of developing, certifying and controlling of advanced systems for ballast water management, reduction of hull fouling and filtration. We advise ship yards and shipping companies to choose the right system and to test and control the performance of these technologies. We carry out studies and execute field-tests for research institutes and organizations involved in certification. We assist port authorities to control compliance on board of ships. At our unique test facility in the Province of Noord-Holland, we carry out our research at these systems.
At MEA-nl, we have expertise about marine biology, chemistry ánd shipping. Thanks to this gathering of this multidisciplinary knowledge, expertise and experience you will be assured of a balanced professional advise in your research area. Whether this is ballast water treatment and management, hull fouling reduction or for example cleaning of industrial process water.
At MEA-nl, we test ballast water management systems and hull fouling reduction technologies where they should be tested: on-board and on our own testing vessel. Where we have natural water available of three important categories: sea water (North Sea), brackish (Wadden Sea) and fresh water (from IJssel Lake). All these sources are widely available in close vicinity of our test facility. With this approach, we can offer research under circumstances that are extremely representative for the circumstances and situations that occur on board of ships.