"Into the Wild"

1. Sampling marinas and ports  at Madeira Archipelago

 

 

2. Dry dock sampling

 

 

 

3. Sampling marine debris

 

 

 

4. ´Citizen science´

- Scuba diving centers

- Fishermen

   (Implemented in 2013)                      (Implemented in 2013)                      (Implemented in 2014)                      (Implemented in 2014)

We recently had the idea of going "Into the Wild" and start a monitoring program of marine invasive species in our study system – the Madeira Archipelago. The Madeira Monitoring Marine Invasive Species Program (Mad_MOMIS) was launched in summer 2013 to investigate the "alien" species already established in Madeiran waters and possible new invasions in the archipelago.

 

Mad_MOMIS has four major priorities, two already implemented:

 

1) Sampling major ports and marinas in the Madeira island system. We have deployed settling plates and traps to capture sessile and mobile fauna colonizing these habitats.

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Experimental unit brick + PVC plate

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Brick + PVC Plate 14 x 14 cm

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Experimental unit inside water

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After 3 months inside the water

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Fouling communities in experimental unit

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Fouling in brick and rope

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Checking the fouling communities inside marinas

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PVC plate with anti-fouling

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Brick with fouling

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Fouling in brick

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Monitoring PVC plates

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2) We are collaborating with Quinta do Lorde to sample hulls of recreational vessels once they go to dry dock for maintenance.

 

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3) We are collaborating with local nautical companies to sample marine debris.

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4) Finally, we will try to interact with SCUBA diving centers, fishermen and the public for awareness of marine biological invasions and its consequences to the native marine flora and fauna.   

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