February 1st to 5th 2016
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Recreational boating as a vector of spread of non-indigenous species around the Mediterranean Sea

Scientific Exhibition
Biological Invasions
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -
17:30 to 19:30

Ulman, A. 1 Marchini, A. 2 Arvanitidis, C. 3 Guarini, J.-M. 4 Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A. 5

1Università degli Studi di Pavia
2Università degli Studi di Pavia
3Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
4University de Pierre et Marie Curie
5Università degli Studi di Pavia

The object of this project is understanding the effect recreational boating has on the secondary spread of non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea. The first targets of this work have been the identification of highly connected marinas in three Mediterranean regions and the determination of NIS richness and abundance within marinas and on the hull of non-resident vessels. In 2015 several marinas have been sampled in France, Italy, Turkey and Greece, chosen amongst the most connected marinas in the investigated region. This digital object presentation will show a map of the marinas surveyed in 2015, accompanied by photos/video clips of abundant NIS encountered from certain marinas, a map of marinas to be surveyed, accompanied by some text of the preliminary findings. The preliminary findings thus far are that there seem to be some commonalities between heavily fouled ports such as: proximity to freshwater source, proximity to shellfish farming, water temperature, age and structure of marina and level of marine traffic. These findings will hopefully be able to direct invasive species managers towards which factors are important to consider for future implications, once they are published and verified.Keywords: alien, non-indigenous species, NIS, Mediterranean, recreational boating.
alien, non-indigenous species, NIS, Mediterranean, recreational boating

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