Thursday, April 06, 2006
Deep, Deep South
Scoop is reporting that the first ever workshop about "Non-Native Species in the Antarctic" is being held next week in Christchurch, New Zealand. The agenda, which you can view here (.pdf), will cover terrestrial and marine invaders, and how to deal with non-native species introductions within the context of the Antarctic Treaty System. This should be an interesting conference, dealing with a region we don't hear much about. The ISW has reported about Antarctic invaders only once before, back in January 2005.
Thanks to Sandy L. for posting about this on the ALIENS-L listserver.
I can't believe that Antarctica would face invasive problems. They have the strictest organism importation laws in the world. The only living organisms alowed imported on the continent besides people are sled dogs.
What's that old saying? "If you lie down with sled dogs, you're gonna wake up with non-native fleas" :-)
Wherever there are humans there will be hitchhikers. Floating ocean debris has been cited as a vector for non-native species introductions.
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