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Invasive Swimming Crabs Development of Eradicating Trapping Gear and Methods

Making simple improvements on traditional fishing gear and methods can be applied to develop effective eradicating tools that can be integrated with other strategies used to combat invasive aquatic species. Swimming crabs are the target choice they travel widely by swimming, attached to the hulls of ships or as larvae suspended in ballast water. They represent a valuable fisheries resource and are consumed as food. They are however also carriers of pathogens that may damage fisheries and aquaculture industries, which results in the need of effective eradication methods.

Alien Foraminifera in the Mediterranean

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Invasion of the Mediterranean Sea by alien species is getting increasingly prominent every day. These alien species are probably transported in with ballast waters or by attaching themselves onto vessels. Furthermore, many species have been brought into the Mediterranean for aquaculture purposes or inadvertantly introduced from public aquariums. But, most of the alien taxa recorded in the Mediterranean are originated from Indo-Pacific, indicating that the Suez Canal is considered to be the major vector in introducing alien species into the Levantine Basin. More than five hundered alien species have been recorded so far and each year new arrivals are reported (Galil, 2008). Alien invasion is considered to be a major problem worldwide, especially if the native coastal ecosystems are polluted and disturbed by the anthropogenic activities, such as observed in the Mediterranean. The aliens can deplete food sources, change the habitat structure and environmental conditions, in which the...

Luring the Crab to the Trap

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Enriching the bait with attractants, in the same way aquaculture feeds are supplemented with vitamins and minerals, has become a new possibility. Teabags have been used to bind fish processed into mince and may be used as a cheaper alternative to conventional fish bait (Vazquez Archdale et al. 2008). The fish was minced using a meat chopper and packed into large teabags and used as alternative bait (Fig. 6). Traps baited with fish mince teabags caught as many crabs as those using the same amount of ordinary unprocessed fish bait. The remains of the fish bait found in the traps indicated that crabs prefer to consume the viscera of the fish employed therefore, the possibility of making cheaper bait using only fish by-products, such as head, internal organs, skin and bones, should be tested in the future. This would save a considerable amount of edible fish meat that can be destined to become human food or animal feed.

Vectors of Ascidian Introductions

Styela Clava Larvae

Numerous vectors facilitate the introduction, movement and spread of invasive ascidians. Due to the short-lived nature of ascidian larvae, most introductions likely occur when viable juveniles, adults or colony fragments are transported to new habitats. The most commonly cited transport mechanisms include shipping vectors (i.e., hull fouling and ballast water) and the movement of ascidians with aquaculture organisms and equipment a more recently identified transport vector is the movement of epibiotic ascidians attached to mobile benthic organism such as crustaceans. Additional factors (e.g., abundant uncolonized artificial Invasive ascidians can be transported with infested aquaculture organisms (e.g., Naylor et al. 2001, Rocha & Baptista 2008). For example, because ascidians readily grow on bivalve shells, unless fouling organisms are removed prior to shipment, attached ascidians will be transported along with fouled bivalves. Dijkstra et al. (2007a) speculated that Botrylloides...

Ciona Intestinalis Mussel

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Dense aggregation of the solitary ascidian Ciona intestinalis covering a mussel aquaculture cage in Prince Edward Island, Canada. These types of cages are traditionally pulled from the water by hand, but when heavily fouled with ascidians, as in this photograph, a crane is required to lift them. Photograph by Garth Arsenault. Figure 1. Dense aggregation of the solitary ascidian Ciona intestinalis covering a mussel aquaculture cage in Prince Edward Island, Canada. These types of cages are traditionally pulled from the water by hand, but when heavily fouled with ascidians, as in this photograph, a crane is required to lift them. Photograph by Garth Arsenault.

Prevention Removal Treatments and Mitigation Efforts

Keeping surfaces ascidian-free (especially boat hulls, docks, and aquaculture equipment) helps prevent ascidian invasions. One of the most commonly used preventive methods is the application of commercially available antifouling paints. Antifouling paints are very effective at stopping fouling and greatly reduce ascidian settlement (Bellas 2005, Bellas 2006, Darbyson et al. 2008a). A significant limitation of antifouling paints is that many are toxic or have negative environmental impacts (e.g., Claisse & Alzieu 1993, Fernandez & Pinherio 2007, Konstantinou 2006), thus they cannot be used in sensitive biological areas or for aquaculture. This may be changing, as a few promising antifouling paints have been developed that are non-toxic and can be applied directly onto living shellfish (De Nys et al. 2004). Periodic exposure to air also keeps surfaces ascidian-free. Ascidians cannot tolerate desiccation stress (Valentine et al. 2007, Darbyson et al. 2008a), so air drying will kill them....

Ecological and Economic Impacts

Invasive ascidians have significant impacts on marine communities, aquaculture and human economies. Ecologically, they can alter biodiversity and species richness and affect the growth and survivorship of aquacultured organisms. Economic impacts of invasive ascidians can be severe and at times may threaten aquaculture industries. Despite these problems, invasive ascidians occasionally provide ecological or economic benefits. Heavy fouling by invasive ascidians can harm aquaculture organisms (mainly bivalves) by competing with them for food or physically attaching to their shells. Both ascidians and bivalves are highly efficient filter-feeders. While ascidians and bivalves share the same food source, efficiency of particle removal differs bivalves are selective, whereas ascidians are incapable of particle selection (Petersen & Riisgard 1992, Riisgard & Larsen 2000 & 2001, Ward & Shumway 2004). In addition, the retention efficiency of particles 4 m is greatly reduced in bivalves,...

Stephan G Bullard and Mary R Carman

Ascidians are common members of benthic marine communities. Due to their strong competitive abilities and their simple trophic requirements ascidians are highly invasive. Because they only need a hard surface for attachment and abundant particulate food to flourish, ascidians are easily introduced to new locations and can readily persist once established. Invasive ascidians often have considerable impact on invaded habitats. Not only can they affect benthic communities, but they also cause major problems for humans by overgrowing aquaculture equipment and organisms and by heavily fouling ships and man-made structures. Because ascidians have traditionally been of little direct economic value, much less is known about their biology than for other marine taxa (e.g., crustaceans, bivalves and teleosts). However, this is starting to change. Due to the impact invasive ascidians have had throughout the world in the past 25-30 years, ascidians have become the focus of significant scientific...

Invasion History

Prince Edward Island, Canada (PEI) provides a striking model of ascidian invasions and their impacts. Non-native ascidians began invading PEI waters in 1997. Since then a total of four species have arrived, Styela clava (1997), Ciona intestinalis (2004), and Botrylloides violaceus and Botryllus schlosseri (both appearing in 2005) (Boothroyd et al. 2002, Ramsay et al. 2007). There is great concern that a fifth species, Didemnum vexillum, will invade in the near future. These ascidians have had tremendous negative effects on PEI's shellfish aquaculture industry. By overgrowing aquaculture equipment and organisms ascidians have made it difficult to process overgrown shellfish and have added significant physical weight to aquaculture gear (e.g., cages, lines, buoys, etc Figure 1). Prior to the invasions mussel aquaculture contributed 36 million to PEI's GDP though the overall economic effects of the invasions have not been tallied, non-native ascidians have increased costs associated with...

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