This weeks article looks at the common bream, a freshwater fish native to part of Europe and Western Asia, a species that was deliberately introduced to improve angling stocks.
On 8th September 2016 – whilst much of the marine industry was enjoying German hospitality at SMM in Hamburg, Finland was busy depositing its ratification of the ballast water management (BWM) convention with the IMO in London, bringing a convention 12 years in the making over the line.
This weeks article looks at a species considered to be one of the most potentially damaging to enter Western Europe.
The National Assembly of Panama has approved the ratification of the ballast water management convention… taking Panama one step closer to final ratification.
This week’s article looks at the Faucet Snail – a freshwater species native to Europe. The species was first recorded outside of its native habitat, in the Great Lakes, in the 1870’s.
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 …
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.
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.
A meeting by the IMO’s council last week (July 4-7) concluded that the IMO will henceforth abandon the practice of reassessing conventions at the end of each month, which was introduced in January this year.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, these fish were once popular as pets. However, their destructive potential was overlooked because of their beauty and the spread of the lionfish populations beyond their native range is now considered to be one of the worst marine invasions ever.