Tools to address invasive species impacts must build on knowledge not ignorance – some thoughts on Ojaveer et al

Blackburn, TM; Bacher, S; Genovesi, P; Jeschke, JM; Kumschick, Sabrina; Richardson, DM; Essl, F; Hulme, PE; Kühn, I; Nentwig, Wolfgang; Pergl, J; Rabitsch, W; Vilà, M; Wilson, JRU; Pyšek, P (2015). Tools to address invasive species impacts must build on knowledge not ignorance – some thoughts on Ojaveer et al. PLoS biology Public Library of Science

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Assessment of the ecological and economic/societal impacts of the introduction of non-indigenous species (NIS) is one of the primary focus areas of bioinvasion science in terrestrial and aquatic environments, and is considered essential to management. A classification system of NIS, based on the magnitude of their environmental impacts, was recently proposed to assist management. Here, we consider the potential application of this classification scheme to the marine environment, and offer a complementary framework focussing on value sets in order to explicitly address marine management concerns. Since existing data on marine NIS impacts are scarce and successful marine removals are rare, we propose that management of marine NIS adopt a precautionary approach, which not only would emphasise preventing new incursions through pre-border and at-border controls but also should influence the categorisation of impacts. The study of marine invasion impacts requires urgent attention and significant investment, since we lack the luxury of waiting for the knowledge base to be acquired before the window of opportunity closes for feasible management.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Community Ecology

UniBE Contributor:

Kumschick, Sabrina and Nentwig, Wolfgang

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

1544-9173

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alexander Strauss

Date Deposited:

21 Nov 2016 14:14

Last Modified:

21 Nov 2016 14:14

Additional Information:

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URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/89928

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