Galapagos marine invasive species: prevention, detection and management
Dr Ken Collins
University of Southampton - Oceanography
Host Country Institutions:
CDF - Charles Darwin Foundation (Galapagos)
Establish a baseline for marine invasive species in the Galapagos archipelago, and implement preventative, detection, control and mitigation measures within the new government biosecurity framework (Agrocalidad 2011-2015) and regional planning.
1. A baseline compilation of historical records and updated information on marine invasive species in GMR and their distribution, from literature research and census/monitoring in ports of entry and the whole archipelago.
2. Marine invasive species risk assessment tools and rapid response protocols for their control/eradication for the GMR.
3. Community outreach program on invasive species and the threats they pose for the Galapagos marine ecosystems, including their active collaboration in the detection program.
4. Capacity building in local community:
a) Key staff members of GNPS, Agrocalidad, and INOCAR trained in monitoring techniques for marine invasive species.
b) Local students trained in scientific method and writing their thesis on marine invasive species topics.
Related Projects: Revision of the Galapagos Marine Management Plan