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Countering the threat of invasive species to the galapagos marine reserve

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Ken Collins, Inti Keith, Terence P. Dawson

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine Protected Areas
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Policy and Management
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026984
ISBN (Print)9780081026991
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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The Galapagos environment is under pressure from an increasing population and rapidly-growing tourist numbers now reaching quarter of a million per year. This paper reviews the progress from establishing a management plan for the Galapagos marine reserve in the late 1990s, to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and that the boat traffic to supply both residents and tourists poses an ever-increasing likelihood of introducing marine invasive species. The route to establishment of a plan to prevent the import of marine invasive species is described including, identification of existing and likely new species, how to detect them if they do arrive and (unfortunately, but perhaps inevitably) putting in control measures for those that do slip through the safely net.

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