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Record number 451938
Title Key elements towards a Joint Invasive Alien Species Strategy for the Dutch Caribbean
Author(s) Smith, S.R.; Burg, W.J. van der; Debrot, A.O.; Buurt, G. van; Freitas, J.A. de
Source Den Helder, Wageningen : IMARES / PRI (Report / IMARES Wageningen UR C020/14) - 102
Department(s) Maritiem
Applied Ecology
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) invasieve exoten - zoetwaterecologie - terrestrische ecologie - parasitaire onkruiden - inventarisaties - bonaire - caribisch gebied - invasive alien species - freshwater ecology - terrestrial ecology - parasitic weeds - inventories - bonaire - caribbean
Categories Marine Ecology
Abstract Recent inventories have documented no less than 211 exotic alien species in the wild for the Dutch Caribbean. These amount to no less than 27 introduced marine species, 65 introduced terrestrial plants, 72 introduced terrestrial and freshwater animals and 47 introduced agricultural pests and diseases. A list of these species, pests and diseases are found in resp. Debrot et al. (2011), Van der Burg et al. 2012, and Van Buurt and Debrot (2012, 2011). The rate of introductions and establishment of invasive alien species (IAS) worldwide has grown rapidly as a result of increasing globalisation. Invasive species cause major ecological effects (decimating native flora or fauna populations) as well as economic losses to these islands, across sectors such as agriculture (diseases, weeds and vectors), fisheries (fish diseases and the lionfish), industry (rodents and termites), tourism (roadside weedy species) and public health (mosquitos). Recently in Curaçao the kissing bug Triatoma infestans was found; this is a vector for Chagas disease. It almost certainly came in with palm leaves imported from South America to be used as roof covering for recreational beach “palapa’s”.
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