Many marine organisms move around the world on the bottom of ships and yachts. This living layer is commonly referred to as hull fouling. Unfortunately, hull fouling not only increases both the drag and fuel consumption of vessels, but is also one of the major contributors to the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Predicting the future is hard. A recent review on climate change vulnerability assessments of species attempts to make this task easier for climate change biologists and conservation practitioners.
Sixteen alien ornamental species that have spread from gardens into the city’s open spaces were assessed for their potential to invade natural habitats. A subset of species was found to be invasive in one or more habitat types.
A recent study published in BioInvasions Records, is the first to report two new marine alien species. The study was conducted by C·I·B post-doctoral associate, Koebraa Peters and C·I·B Core Team Member, Tammy Robinson.
Accessible information about invasive species, alien and indigenous weeds and has never been more critical, as these species increasingly threaten native habitats and agricultural production, and legislation requires that we act to control their impact and spread.