Risk classifications of aquatic non-native species: Application of contemporary European assessment protocols in different biogeographical settings

Laura N. H. Verbrugge, Gerard van der Velde, A. Jan Hendriks, Hugo Verreycken, Rob S. E. W. Leuven*

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Abstract

Non-native species can cause negative impacts when they become invasive. This study entails a comparison of risk classifications for 25 aquatic non-native species using various European risk identification protocols. For 72% of the species assessed, risk classifications were dissimilar between countries. The pair-wise comparison of Freshwater Fish Invasiveness Scoring Kit (FISK) scores of in total 28 fish species from the UK, Flanders (Belgium) and Belarus resulted in a higher correlation for scores of Flanders-Belarus than that of Flanders-UK and Belarus-UK. We conclude that different risk classifications may occur due to differences in (1) national assessment protocols, (2) species-environment matches in various biogeographical regions, and (3) data availability and expert judgement. European standardisation of risk assessment protocols, performance of biogeographical region specific risk classifications and further research on key factors for invasiveness of aquatic ecosystems are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalAQUATIC INVASIONS
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • FISK
  • GABLIS
  • invasive species
  • ISEIA
  • non-indigenous species
  • risk assessment
  • risk identification
  • INVASIVENESS SCREENING TOOL
  • FRESH-WATER FISHES
  • BLACK-LIST
  • INVASIONS
  • SYSTEM
  • CALIBRATION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • SCHEMES
  • IMPACTS
  • COSTS

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