Alien Fishes


in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI:
Alien Fishes

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Introductions into marine systems have been increasing as a result of intentional movement of fish and as by-products of other human activities, such as transoceanic shipping, aquaculture, and the artificial connection of major water bodies. This chapter begins by providing an overview of marine fish introductions to date. It then provides accounts of alien fishes currently found within the marine (estuaries and open water marine) environments of California, including their origin, distribution and effects on other marine organisms, especially fishes. It concludes by briefly addressing the following issues: why there are few successful alien fishes in the marine environments of California; the impact of alien fishes in the marine environments; the most invasible marine environments in California; and the future of alien fishes in California, in conjunction with environmental change.

Keywords: marine fish introductions; California alien fishes; transoceanic shipping; environmental change

Chapter.  10053 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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