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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 and Taylor, MD and Hewitt, CL (2007) Novel method for assessing the en route survivorship of biofouling organisms on various vessel types. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54 (1). pp. 97-116. ISSN 0025-326X

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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
Keywords: marine biofouling; non-indigenous marine species, biological invasion, fouling panel
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Page Range: pp. 97-116
ISSN: 0025-326X
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.01.015
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2008 00:16
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:31
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