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Novel method for assessing the en route survivorship of biofouling organisms on various vessel types.

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Coutts, ADM, Taylor, MD and Hewitt, CL 2007 , 'Novel method for assessing the en route survivorship of biofouling organisms on various vessel types.' , Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 54, no. 1 , pp. 97-116 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.01.015.

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Abstract

Shipping is considered the single largest vector fo rthe human-mediated movement of non-indigenous marine species (NIMS) around the world. A variety of shipping mechanisms are capable of transporting NIMS to new locations. Biofouling or hull fouling is now being acknowledged as one of the single most important dispersal mechanisms alongside ballast water. Little is known of the factors that contribute to en route survivorship of biofouling. This study presents a novel method for attaching settlement plates to vessel's hulls for the empriical assessment of en route survival.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Coutts, ADM and Taylor, MD and Hewitt, CL
Keywords: marine biofouling; non-indigenous marine species, biological invasion, fouling panel
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.01.015
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