Welsh scientists seek public support to help monitor the spread of aquatic invasive species.

AquaWales

Coinciding with the meeting of the Food Standard Agency (FSA), the AquaWales consortium met in Cardiff to discuss how to best monitor and control the spread of aquatic invasive species through citizen science.

The workshop, hosted  by Prof Jo Cable (Cardiff University), was well attended and included talks from The AquaWales cluster leader Dr. Consuegra (Swansea University), who introduced the project on Minimising the Impacts of Intensive Aquaculture in the face of Climate Change, Prof Garcia de Leaniz (Swansea University, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research), who talked about invasive species in Aquaculture, and from David Kilbey (Nature Locator) who introduced the AquaInvaders app.

AquaInvaders is free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play. Its use will help get a better picture of the spread of 26 invasive species including 12 exotic fishes and is work is coordinated by AquaWales PhD student Chloe Robison at Swansea University c.robinson.631487@swansea.ac.uk

AquaWales includes is funded by Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE), a major pan-Wales initiative supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.