The Marine Biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea in a Changing Climate: The Impact of Biological Invasions

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Abstract

The Mediterranean Sea, one of the most complex marine ecosystems, is inhabited by a rich and diverse biota which is disproportionate to its dimensions. It is currently afected by diferent pressures, mainly driven by human activities such as climate change and bioinvasions. This Sea, also due to its geographic position (wedgedbetween the temperate climate of central Europe and the arid climate of northern Africa), seems to be one of the regions most susceptible to global climate change. The increased rates of introduction and spread of marine alien species may represent a supplementary stress factor to Mediterranean marine native biota already challengedby climatic abnormalities. The Suez Canal is considered to be the main vector of introduction of non-indigenous marine species into the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the dramatically accelerating rate of such introductions and due to the sheer magnitude of shipping trafc, the Mediterranean Sea may be considered as a true hotspot ofmarine bioinvasions. The complexity of interactions between native and invasive species and the associated resulting impacts make environmental management of such an issue particularly difcult. A collaboration between researchers, resource management agencies and policy makers is called for to bolster the efectiveness of invasive species management procedures.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteMediterranean Identities - Environment, Society, Culture-Published by INTECH
Pagine101-127
Numero di pagine27
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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