Wetlands are all around us, including the major metropolitan cities of the Texas Coastal Zone.
Invasive Potential Scorecard for Aquarium Species
Non-native, invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are introduced from other parts of the world and successfully establish reproducing populations in ecosystems in which they do not naturally occur. Invasive species are problematic because they can out-compete, prey upon, hybridize with, or introduce disease to native species. In addition, invasive species are costly to control and can impact ecosystem services such as the provision of food and water, recreation and tourism, flood mitigation, and aesthetic value.
HARC is working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to develop an Invasive Potential Scorecard for Aquarium Species. This is the second phase of a project that initially assessed the social drivers behind the release of aquarium fish and the potential for their survival in waterways to which they are introduced. The project identified three attributes of invasion potential: availability, release, and survival and reproduction.
The project is led by Dr. Stephanie Glenn, Senior Research Scientist and Program Director in Hydrology and Watersheds. The HARC team is building upon the initial work to develop a series of questions for a scorecard to determine invasion potential for a specific species. The scorecard will be reviewed by local stakeholders. It is HARC’s hope that the scorecard will be used to provide information about how best to target future education and outreach efforts to the aquarium community.