Project: Causes and consequences of invasions of aquatic ecosystems by nonnative salmonids.

Millions of non-native fishes (both species and genotypes) are regularly released into the wild in Europe, either intentionally by stocking or nonintentionally by escapes from aquaculture. Non-native fishes can become invasive and constitute a continuous threat to biodiversity. Salmonids are an iconic fish family of great socio-economic and cultural importance in Europe. They are widely distributed in marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems, and are also cultured and released in large numbers into the wild. Often non-native genotypes are transferred across catchments resulting in ecological and genetic impacts on wild fish. Overall, salmonids constitute an excellent model system to study the causes and consequences of invasions, which this project uses in an integrated approach that combines ecological, evolutionary, fisheries biological and socio-economic approaches. SalmoInvade aims at studying salmonid fishes as potentially invasive species/genotypes, and at understanding the psychological, economic and governance conditions and pathways by which humans relate to these fishes. Ultimately, the SalmoInvade project is willing to develop the foundation for sustainable salmonid management in Europe in light of the societal desire to curtail their invasion potential.

Acronym SalmoInvade
Duration 01/12/2013 - 31/12/2016
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Network BiodivERsA2
Call BiodivERsA Call 2012-2013 on invasive species and biological invasions

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Norway
University of Gothenburg Coordinator Sweden
Memorial University Canada
National Center for Scientific Research and Paul Sabatier University France
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Germany