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Time to kill off the ballast beasties

April 5, 2013

The Mediterranean, the world’s busiest sea, has 900 alien species in its waters, mostly discharged from ballast tanks. A new one arrives every nine days, according to the UN Environment Programme. Not all alien species cause trouble. Most are harmless. But the risk of a new zebra mussel or comb jellyfish or disease infestation is ever present. So why the delay in addressing the threat?

Pearce F, 2013, Time to kill off the ballast beasties, New Scientist,217, 2910, 24–25, doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(13)60801-5. Article (subscription required).

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