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|Title:||Time lags in reporting of biological invasions: the case of Mediterranean Sea|
|Authors:||ZENETOS ARGYRO; GRATSIA EIRINI; DE JESUS CARDOSO ANA; TSIAMIS KONSTANTINOS|
|Citation:||MEDITERRANEAN MARINE SCIENCE vol. 20 no. 2 p. 469-475|
|Publisher:||NATL CENTRE MARINE RESEARCH|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Time lags in non-indigenous species (NIS) reporting can create uncertainty in the analysis of NIS introduction rates, which can lead to inadequate prevention and management measures and their evaluation. The present study aims to highlight time lags in marine NIS reporting in the Mediterranean Sea, i.e. the time that mediates from the detection of a new NIS in the Mediterranean Sea until its publication. Our results revealed that the time lag in NIS reporting in the Mediterranean Sea has been considerably decreased during the last decades. There is a noticeable difference in the time lag of reporting NIS in association with the taxonomic group of the species. Fish have generally shorter time lags in their reporting when compared with other taxonomic groups (e.g. macrophytes, Annelida, Bryozoa). Time lags of NIS reporting need to be taken into account for more accurate assessments of introduction patterns of marine NIS and related management measures.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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