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Aquatic Invasive Species Threaten UK Waterways

Killer shrimp and the bloody red mysid are already in the UK, but other aquatic invasive species are on the way. Researchers, Dr. Bellinda Gallardo and Dr. David Aldridge from the University of Cambridge and creating more accurate models to predict which regions are most susceptible to AIS.

According to Dr Gallardo: "Invasive species need to be in the right place at the right time; they need the right environmental conditions, but they also need a helping hand from humans. This can happen intentionally, for example through introduction of commercial fish, or accidentally via hulls of boats, fishing equipment, or ballast water."

Invasive species are the second biggest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. Around 12,000 invasive species have already arrived in Europe, where their combined impact on native biodiversity, agriculture, health and the economy costs at least 12 billion euro a year.

 
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