The project

Biological invasions by alien species (species transferred by human activities to new biogeographical areas) are one of the main causes of biodiversity loss at global scale and the marine environment is not exempt by this phenomenon.

The globalization process has determined the intensification of commercial traffic, favouring the spread of opportunistic species, able to endure accidental or intentional transport (e.g. fouling on boat hulls, or live food import, respectively). Once established, these species can replace the native ones and impair marine environment.

Ports are important hubs for commercial and touristic maritime traffic, and together with aquaculture sites are considered high-risk areas for alien species introduction.

Besides the management of the vectors of introduction, another important action to contrast bioinvasions is the monitoring of high-risk areas, in order to promptly alert on new arrivals and activate eradication/containment measures to limit further spreading.

This project aims to promote a monitoring programme of marine fouling communities from high-risk sites, using a protocol developed in USA and applied here for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea: it consists in the immersion in the sea of bricks tied to artificial substrates (PVC plates) on which marine organisms can settle and grow.

A first successful preliminary survey was carried out in summer 2018 in the Gulf of La Spezia, creating the basis for the establishment of a possible long-term monitoring programme, conducted forward by biologists with expertise in marine invertebrates. The prosecution of this standardized monitoring over time would allow us to assess possible changes in the marine communities composition, with special attention to alien species.

 

Mail: ecolab.unipv@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattone.contro.specie.aliene/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abrickagainstalienspecies/

 

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  • Cinque carte collezionabili sulle specie aliene marine Mediterranee

  • Deck completo (mazzo di 16 carte collezionabili)

  • Cinque carte + borraccia "Un mattone contro le specie aliene"

  • Borraccia + deck + visita guidata alle collezioni di specie aliene marine del Laboratorio di Ecologia dell'Università di Pavia

  • Una giornata col biologo marino: partecipazione al campionamento di specie aliene marine nel Golfo di La Spezia

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Goals

Goal 1 (5.000 €): purchase of materials: bricks, PVC panels and microscope with camera for field work and lab analysis; sampling missions to apply this method in 3 sites.

Goal 2. (7.500 €): purchase of materials and sampling missions to apply this method in a total of 6 sites.
Goal 3. (10.000 €): missions for national and international congresses
Goal 4. (30.000 €): co-financing of a post-doc grant.

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five cards of the Mediterranean alien species trading cards

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Mediterranean alien species trading cards deck (16 cards)

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a day with marine biologists: sampling of marine alien species in the Gulf of La Spezia

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name of the benefactor in the “Acknowledgements” section of the scientific paper published thanks to this crowdfunding campaign

 

 

Team

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Anna Occhipinti

Founder | Founder

Anna Occhipinti

Founder | Founder
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Agnese Marchini

Senior researcher

Agnese Marchini

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Jasmine Ferrario

Junior researcher

Jasmine Ferrario

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Marco Tamburini

PhD Student

Marco Tamburini

PhD Student

Backers

  1. Evento " Ballando con i fiori" 14 settembre - Orto botanico
  2. Paola Paris
  3. Evento divulgativo 31/7 La Spezia
  4. Dario Savini
  5. serenella cabiddu
  6. paolo raineri
  7. Evento "Mediterraria"
  8. Partecipazione al 50° congresso italiano di biologia marina
  9. Bonferoni Giunchedi
  10. Evento "I segreti degli animali marini" 27 maggio
  11. Evento "Fridays fo FuturePavia" 22 maggio
  12. Evento "Gli alieni tra noi; come è cambiato il Mar Mediterraneo" Casalpusterlengo
  13. Evento all'interno di "Plastic Free"
  14. Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice di Pavia
  15. Alice Cardeccia
  16. Roberto Del Corso
  17. Luisa Guerreschi
  18. Evento "Fra Ticino e Vernavola"
  19. Dr. Paolo Giulio Albano
  20. Evento "I segreti degli animali marini"
  21. Curtiriso S.r.l.
  22. Boldarino S.P.A.
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  • Shopper o T-shirt Universitiamo

  • Cinque carte collezionabili sulle specie aliene marine Mediterranee

  • Deck completo (mazzo di 16 carte collezionabili)

  • Cinque carte + borraccia "Un mattone contro le specie aliene"

  • Borraccia + deck + visita guidata alle collezioni di specie aliene marine del Laboratorio di Ecologia dell'Università di Pavia

  • Una giornata col biologo marino: partecipazione al campionamento di specie aliene marine nel Golfo di La Spezia

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