Non-native fish dispersal as a contaminant of aquatic plant consignments – A case study from England.

Copp, G.H., Britton, J.R., Wesley, K.J. and Davison, P.I., 2017. Non-native fish dispersal as a contaminant of aquatic plant consignments – A case study from England. Management of Biological Invasions, 8 (3), 437 - 442.

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DOI: 10.3391/mbi.2017.8.3.17

Abstract

© 2017 The Author(s) and 2017 REABIC. The introduction of non-native species as contaminants of aquatic plant consignments is poorly documented. This paper reports on the introduction of pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus, a North American sunfish, into an angling lake as a contaminant of native aquatic plants during their stocking to enhance the fishery. Growth and life-history data for the L. gibbosus specimens captured in the water body provided biological evidence (relatively rapid juvenile growth and early maturation) that supports the assumption that L. gibbosus was accidentally introduced as a contaminant of the aquatic plant consignment. This study highlights the importance of adhering to current guidelines on the movement of aquatic plants (e.g. Great Britain’s “Be Plant Wise” educational initiative), which aims to prevent unwanted transfer of aquatic organisms.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1989-864
Additional Information:This is one of five papers prepared by participants of the conference “Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy II”. Held in Zagreb, Croatia from the 11th – 14th July 2016, the conference was organized by the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) and the Croatian Biological Society (HBD). The primary objective of the conference was to share new information and provide a forum where international scientists, policy makers and stakeholders could encourage the development of the management and policy in the increasingly important area of biological invasions.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Be Plant Wise; unintentional introductions; non-native species vector; alien species
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29646
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:04 Sep 2017 12:54
Last Modified:04 Sep 2017 12:54

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