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Disruption of an Ecosystem – The lionfish

Lionfish (Pterois Volitans) have continued to impact many ecosystems over the last 15 years since their initial introduction. This invasive species has been harmful to native coral reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico, the…

Ornamental but invasive – Why should we be wary of the Antigonon vine?

Ornamental plants are beautiful and make great additions to gardens or house plants. Some ornamental plants, however, can become invasive due to the nature of the plant. Native to Mexico, Antigonon leptopus (coral vine) is…

Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species – The importance of the Ballast Water Management Convention

Ballast water is responsible for a great number of species brought into the region. It is used during a ship’s voyage to provide stability and maneuverability to the vessel. Ballast water supports the weight of…