Non-indigenous species refined national baseline inventories: A synthesis in the context of the European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive

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  • Konstantinos Tsiamis, European Commission Joint Research Centre
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  • Andreas Palialexis, European Commission Joint Research Centre
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  • Kremena Stefanova, Institute of Oceanology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
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  • Živana Ničević Gladan, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Sanda Skejić, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Marija Despalatović, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Ivan Cvitković, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Branko Dragičević, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Jakov Dulčić, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Olja Vidjak, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Natalia Bojanić, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Ante Žuljević, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
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  • Marilena Aplikioti, Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Marina Argyrou, Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Marios Josephides, Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Nikolas Michailidis, Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Hans H. Jakobsen
  • Peter A. Staehr
  • Henn Ojaveer, Estonian Marine Institute
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  • Maiju Lehtiniemi, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
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  • Cécile Massé, Institut de Paléontologie Humaine
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  • Argyro Zenetos, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
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  • Luca Castriota, Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
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  • Silvia Livi, Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
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  • Cristina Mazziotti, ARPAE Emilia-Romagna SOD Daphne
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  • Patrick J. Schembri, University of Malta
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  • Julian Evans, University of Malta
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  • Angela G. Bartolo, Environment & Resources Authority
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  • Saa Henry Kabuta, Rijkswaterstaat
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  • Sander Smolders, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality, Netherlands
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  • Edo Knegtering, Ministerie van Landbouw
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  • Arjan Gittenberger, GiMaRIS, The Institute of Biology Leiden, Gorlaeus Laboratoria, Leiden University, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre
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  • Piotr Gruszka, Department of Aquatic Ecology
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  • Wojciech Kraśniewski, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute
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  • Cátia Bartilotti, Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere
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  • Miriam Tuaty-Guerra, Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere
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  • João Canning-Clode, MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Universidade dos Açores, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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  • Ana C. Costa, Universidade dos Açores
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  • Manuela I. Parente, Universidade dos Açores
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  • Andrea Z. Botelho, Universidade dos Açores
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  • Joana Micael, Southwest Iceland Nature Research Centre (SINRC)
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  • Joana V. Miodonski, Direção de Serviços de Biodiversidade e Política do Mar
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  • Gilberto P. Carreira, Direção de Serviços de Biodiversidade e Política do Mar
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  • Vera Lopes, Directorate General for Natural Resources
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  • Paula Chainho, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, University of Lisbon
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  • Carmen Barberá, University of Alicante
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  • Rahmat Naddafi, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
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  • Ann Britt Florin, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
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  • Peter Barry, Cefas
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  • Paul D. Stebbing, Cefas
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  • Ana Cristina Cardoso, European Commission Joint Research Centre

Refined baseline inventories of non-indigenous species (NIS) are set per European Union Member State (MS), in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The inventories are based on the initial assessment of the MSFD (2012) and the updated data of the European Alien Species Information Network, in collaboration with NIS experts appointed by the MSs. The analysis revealed that a large number of NIS was not reported from the initial assessments. Moreover, several NIS initially listed are currently considered as native in Europe or were proven to be historical misreportings. The refined baseline inventories constitute a milestone for the MSFD Descriptor 2 implementation, providing an improved basis for reporting new NIS introductions, facilitating the MSFD D2 assessment. In addition, the inventories can help MSs in the establishment of monitoring systems of targeted NIS, and foster cooperation on monitoring of NIS across or within shared marine subregions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume145
Pages (from-to)429-435
Number of pages7
ISSN0025-326X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Alien species, Europe, Marine, Member State, Oligohaline

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