Marine Aliens II project

Controlling marine invasive species by targetting vectors of dispersal

An assessment of the impact of potential control methods on native biodiversity, particularly if the control is required in areas proposed as marine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC's).

The discovery of the sea-squirt Didemnum vexillum in Holyhead marina by the Bangor members of the Marine Aliens team has led to extensive investigation into the possibility of eradication procedures being implemented by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) owing to the potential negative effects of this non-native on aquaculture facilities and native biota.

Didemnum vexillum

The carpet sea squirt Didemnum vexillum in a south west marina

Partners NHM QUB Univeristy of Plymouth MBA SAMS