Ballast Blog – Invader of the Week – Percnon Gibbesi Crab

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An astounding number of invasive species have established populations in the Mediterranean region, with an estimated introduction of one new species every four weeks for the past five years. This weeks article looks at the species regarded as being the most invasive decapod to enter the Mediterranean – the percnon gibbesi crab. Native to the west and east coast of America and the east coast of the Atlantic, the species is a relatively new arrival to the Mediterranean, having first been found in Sicily in 1999. It has subsequently spread to Greece and Turkey. Transportation via ballast water is a …

Ballast Blog – Invader of the Week – Barred Knifejaw

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Five years have passed since the magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan, unleashing a savage 133-foot high tsunami which claimed the lives of 16,000 people. Upon its retreat, the giant surge of water carried an estimated 5 million tons of debris out to sea – including Japanese docks, ships and household items, which are still arriving along the Pacific coast of the US and Canada five years later.

Happy National Marine Week

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The 23rd July – 7th August is National Marine Week here, and to mark the occasion we invite you to read this fantastic article by the Scottish Wildlife Trust about Scotland’s lesser known marine species

Ballast Blog – Invader of the Week – Cyanobacteria

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This weeks article looks at the blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteriea is a type of photosynthetic bacteria which can be found in almost every terrestrial and aquatic habitat on earth. Though not an invasive species strictly speaking, they can be considered a particularly troublesome side effect of other invasive species.