New guide to invasive Clyde marine species

The invasive carpet sea squirt (Didemnum vexillum), a fast-growing animal which smothers underwater structures, plants and animals, was first reported in the UK in 2008 and has been found in several sites in the Clyde.

The invasive carpet sea squirt (Didemnum vexillum), a fast-growing animal which smothers underwater structures, plants and animals, was first reported in the UK in 2008 and has been found in several sites in the Clyde.

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A new pocket guide aimed at helping members of the public identify invasive non-native species in the waters of the Clyde has been published this week.

The identification guide, created by the Firth of Clyde Forum and Scottish Natural Heritage, means members of the public can take a picture of anything unusual with their mobile phones and send it to a website, where an expert will identify it for them.

It’s part of a programme of guidance to give marine businesses and marine site managers easy-to-follow procedures for creating a biosecurity plan which, it is hoped, will help reduce the threat of moving and introducing new species to their site.

 

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