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Managing invasive species in the Gulf

Martin Kernan at Oman conference

Managing invasive species in the Gulf

Dr Martin Kernan was invited to give a keynote address at a conference on, 'Marine Invasive Species: Management of Ballast Water and Other Vectors' in Muscat, Oman on 17-20 February. He gave a presentation, co-authored with Dr Carl Sayer, on Climate Change and the Impact of Invasive Species on Aquatic Ecosystems.

He also took part in a panel discussion with other keynote presenters, which formed the basis of a series of recommendations to the Omani Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

The panel recognised that the introduction of aquatic non-indigenous species beyond their native ranges poses a major threat to biodiversity, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, clean water supply, and to human health in the region. Other environmental stressors, however, such as eutrophication, climate change and water diversions, are also key factors in the management of aquatic non-indigenous species.

The recommendations included:

i) Setting up monitoring programs and long-term, standardized, region-specific datasets/on-line atlases of biodiversity and environmental parameters (temperature, nutrients, salinity, circulation) to support science-based environmental decision-making.

ii) Conducting risk assessments to identify the relative importance of pollution pathways operating in the region of interest (e.g., ballast water, biofouling, aquaculture) and to define research priorities.



Martin at the conference

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