Maritime canals dissolve natural barriers to the dispersal of
marine organisms, thus providing novel opportunities for natural
dispersal, as well as for shipping-mediated transport. The
introduction of alien species has proved to be one of the most
profound and damaging of anthropogenic deeds - with both ecological
and economic costs.
This book is the first to assess the impacts of the world s
three principal maritime canals the Kiel, the Panama, the Suez as
invasion corridors for alien biota. These three canals differ in
their hydrological regimes, the types of biotas they connect, and
in their permeability to invasions.
Dr. Stephan Gollasch was involved in the first European ship
sampling programme on ballast water, tank sediments and ship hull
fouling (1992-1996). His PhD is world-wide the first thesis based
on ballast water sampling. In addition to laboratory and desk
studies he spent more than 125 days at sea during several
biological surveys and joint ships on their voyages through the
Kiel and Suez Canals. Due to the international aspect of biological
invasions Dr. Gollasch became a member of several international
working groups: International Council for the Exploration of the
Sea (ICES); International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the
Baltic Marine Biologists (BMB). As an independent consultant he is
today involved projects related to biological invasions (e.g.
ballast water treatment, ship sampling, risk assessment). Recently
he was involved in the development of risk assessments and ballast
water management scenarios for the European Atlantic coast, North,
Baltic, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas.
Dr. Bella Galil is a Senior Research Scientist at the National
Institute of Oceanography, Israel. Her main research interests are
the anthropogenic changes occurring in the Levantine marine biota,
and the impact of alien species on the Mediterranean ecosystem. She
has conducted numerous studies and surveys off the Israeli coast
monitoring the benthic biota from the intertidal to the bathyal.
She co-chairs the scientific committee of marine ecosystems of the
International Commission for Scientific Exploration of the
Mediterranean (CIESM), and is a member of the Invasive Species
Scientific Committee, IUCN. Galil published over 130 papers in
scientific journals and co-edited a volume of the "CIESM Atlas of
Exotic species in the Mediterranean." Recently she coordinated the
drafting of Guidelines for controlling the vectors of introduction
into the Mediterranean of non-indigenous species and invasive
marine species for the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan Regional
Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas RAC/SPA.
Dr. Andrew Cohen is the Director of the Biological Invasions
Program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute in Oakland,
California. His research has focused on the extent, impacts and
vectors of aquatic invasions. He has organized and led rapid
assessment surveys for exotic marine species in various localities
including one at both ends of the Panama Canal. He helped write
California's first ballast water law in 1999, and recently helped
develop ballast water discharge standards for the state that seem
likely to be enacted this year. He also drafted a petition from the
research community that led to a U.S. ban on importing the "Killer
Seaweed" Caulerpa taxifolia, and provided technical assistance to a
recently successful lawsuit that will force ballast water
discharges into U.S. waters to be regulated as biological
pollutants under the U.S. Clean Water Act. For his work he has
received a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship and the San Francisco
BayKeeper's Environmental Achievement Award.
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