Feature Story - March 2014
North to Alaska: the Spread of Marine Invaders into the New Frontier
Drs. Ashton, Davidson, and Ruiz explored the relationship between recreational boats arriving to Alaska and the risk on species invasions linked to hull fouling. Researchers surveyed boat owners to learn about their hull maintenance practices and conducted dive surveys to measure the amount of fouling on boat hulls. Most of the long distance boaters took care to clean or paint their hulls prior to their voyage, but there were cases in which boats were carrying a huge number of organisms including species that either have been or could become established in Alaska. Full Story
Blakeslee, April M. H., Fowler, Amy E. and Keogh, Carolyn L. 2013. Marine Invasions and Parasite Escape: Updates and New Perspectives. In: Advances in Marine Biology Volume 66C. Academic Press, pp.87-169.
Canning-Clode Joao, Fofonoff Paul, McCann Linda, Carlton James T., Ruiz Gregory M. 2013. Marine invasions on a subtropical island: Fouling studies and new records in a recent marina on Madeira Island (Eastern Atlantic Ocean). Aquatic Invasions 8:1-10.
Freeman, Aaren S., Blakeslee, April M. H., and Fowler, Amy E. 2013. Northward expansion of the rhizocephalan Loxothylacus panopaei (Gissler, 1884) in the northwest Atlantic. Aquatic Invasions 8:1-7.
McCann, Linda D., Holzer, Kimberly K., Davidson, Ian C., Ashton, Gail V., Chapman, Marnie D. and Ruiz, Gregory M. 2013. Promoting invasive species control and eradication in the sea: Options for managing the tunicate invader Didemnum vexillum in Sitka, Alaska. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Available online October 2013.
Ojaveer, Henn, Galil, Bella S., Minchin, Dan, Olenin, Sergej, Amorim, Ana, Canning-Clode, Jo, Chainho, Paula, Copp, Gordon H., Gollasch, Stephan, Jelmert, Anders, Lehtiniemi, Maiju, McKenzie, Cynthia, Mikuš, Josip, Miossec, Laurence, Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Anna, Pecarevic, Marijana, Pederson, Judith, Quilez-Badia, Gemma, Wijsman, Jeroen W. M. and Zenetos, Argyro. 2013. Ten recommendations for advancing the assessment and management of non-indigenous species in marine ecosystems. Marine Policy, doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2013.08.019
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