The aim of this project is to create a database containing robust baseline data showing the distribution of 28 non-native species (NNS) of concern for MSFD reporting.
The project aims are to:
• Make updates from recent data and undertake digitization of key historic datasets for the 28 species;
• Digitise data from the literature not already in MEDIN format, NBN format or MR format, and
• Create distribution maps for each species focusing on the last 10 years (one-point per record).
The results of this project will be used to assess the spread of the 28 Marine NNS currently in the UK. The MSFD aims to develop a baseline for the rate of establishment of new NNS arriving in the UK marine environment, and provide information required to measure progress towards GES with a plan to develop management plans for high risk NNS.
Hughes, E., Wood, C.A., Arnold, M., Bishop, J.D.D., Griffiths, C., Sewell, J., and Lear, D. (2016) Collating baseline invasive non-indigenous species data for MSFD reporting. Defra report ME5223. 59pp.