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Marine bioinvasion management: structural framework

Hewitt, CL, Everett, RA, Parker, N and Campbell, ML 2009 , 'Marine bioinvasion management: structural framework', in G Rilov and JA Crooks (eds.), Biological Invasions in Marine Ecosystems , Ecological Studies, vol. 204 , Springer, Heidleberg, Germany, pp. 327-334.

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Significant global change has occurred through the accidental and intentional
human mediated introductions of species in regions outside of their evolutionary
origins can no longer be disputed (e.g., Lubchenco et al. 1991; Carlton 2001;
Pimentel 2002). This change is well documented in a variety of terrestrial and
freshwater ecosystems (e.g., Drake and Mooney 1989) and is becoming increasingly
apparent in marine and estuarine habitats in all of the world’s oceans (e.g.,
Carlton 2001; Chap. 2, Carlton). Documenting the scale and rates of marine introductions
and the subsequent changes to invaded systems has captured much of the
marine invasion ecology effort during the last 25 years (e.g., Grosholz et al. 2000;
Carlton and Ruiz 2004).
While the lessons that can be learned about evolution, ecosystem function,
community dynamics, and species biology and ecology from the study of biological
introductions are fascinating (e.g., Harper 1965; Carlton and Ruiz 2004), the challenge
“what should we and/or what can we do?” remains. The options appear to be
simple, however the details of implementation are difficult: we can choose to do
nothing or we can choose to act.

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Authors/Creators:Hewitt, CL and Everett, RA and Parker, N and Campbell, ML
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