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Introductions of seaweeds : accidental transfer pathways and mechanisms

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Chad HewittChad Hewitt, Marnie CampbellMarnie Campbell, B Schaffelke
Macroalgae are a significant component of historic and modern invasions, with association to a wide variety of transport mechanisms. These transport mechanisms pose specific constraints on the ways by which species can be taken up, transported and released into a new environment. Currently operating transport mechanisms for marine macroalgae are either associations with intentional introductions (translocations for aquaculture, aquarium or live seafood trade) or accidental introductions (mainly as hull-fouling). A number of potential management options exist, including the development of international instruments and regional agreements. The development of treatment options for hull fouling, the most significant and poorly managed transport mechanism for macroalgae, is of urgent need. Our current ability to identify which species are likely to invade next is limited. However, an examination of the synergies between species’ functional traits, transport constraints, and recipient community attributes will likely provide possible options in the future.

History

Volume

50

Start Page

326

End Page

337

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1437-4323

ISSN

0006-8055

Location

Germany

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Australian Maritime College; CRC Reef Research Centre;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Botanica marina.