Mediterranean marinas major hubs for alien species

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10 Nov 2017

A large-scale study on 34 Mediterranean marinas (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus) revealed that Mediterranean marinas indeed act as major hubs for the transfer of marine alien species, indicating that recreational boats act as effective vectors of spread. Numerous new alien species records at the basin, subregional, country and locality level are also reported.  

Ulman A, Ferrario J, Occhpinti-Ambrogi A, Arvanitidis C, Bandi A, Bertolino M, Bogi C, Chatzigeorgiou G, Çiçek BA, Deidun A, Ramos-Esplá A, Koçak C, Lorenti M, Martinez-Laiz G, Merlo G, Princisgh E, Scribano G, Marchini A. (2017) A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas. PeerJ 5:e3954 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3954

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