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Marine invasive species advance 50 km per decade, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity told
Date:11/11/2008

e surrounding fish stocks, exceeding the costs. As the actual expenses to maintain the currently unsustainable fishing industry are between 15 and 30 billion dollars per year, the Dutch researcher estimates that creation of the network of Marine Protected Areas would be a more effcient way to boost the fishing industry than the direct financial assistance they now receive.

CSIC scientist Nuria Marb will present results that demonstrate that the recent invasin of the Spanish Mediterranean by the invasive algae Lophocladia lallemandii is leading to a steeper seagrass decline in the Mediterranean coast. According to Marb, "the invasion of Lophocladia increases seagrass mortality by five fold".

The paleogeographic study of the historic processes leading to the present distribution of species in the African coast, the impact of the collapse of ice shelves in Antarctica, or the impacts of the acidification of the Southern ocean are among the issues that will be discussed at the Conference.

INSPIRED BY THE SEA

On the occasion of the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity, the City of Arts and Science and CSIC have organized the event "Living Sea: Marine Biodiversity Week," an initative that encompasses a broad array of activities, parallel to the Conference, to inform the general public, from children to adults, of the benefits of marine biodiversity to society and human well-being.


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Contact: M. Angeles Alastuey
malastuey@dicv.csic.es
34-627-763-735
Census of Marine Life
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