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Life in the North Sea becoming increasingly exotic

Oostende (2021.01.25) – The Belgian North Sea and the Scheldt estuary together house 79 exotic marine and brackish water animals and algae. An extensive study by the 'VLIZ Alien Species Consortium' shows an increase of 15% in non-indigenous species in the past decade (2012-2020). An increase in intercontinental shipping traffic, better monitoring and movements of species for aquaculture purposes are the basis.

Press release by: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

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