First National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions
January 24 -27, 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
recently as twenty years ago, only a handful of experts was discussing
marine bioinvasions or expressing concern about the impacts of nonindigenous
species on ocean communities and ecosystems. that situation changed
around the world with the appearance in the 1980's of the Eurasian
zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Great Lakes (U.S.
and Canada), the American comb jellyfish (Mnemiopsis leidyi)
in the black sea and the Japanese dinoflagellates in Southern Australia.
The resultant ecological and economic impacts ushered in a new age
of awareness. National legislation (the National Aquatic Nuisance
Species Prevention and Control Act of 1990) was passed and called
for action to prevent new invasions. Funding supported new research
initiatives and managers explored options for preventing new invasions,
especially through ballast water introductions. Scientists, managers
and industry representatives began to meet annually to share information,
identify new ways to manage and control invasive species, and describe
technologies designed to prevent future introductions.
The first National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions
was held January 24-27, 1999 ant the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and attracted approximately 250 national and international
participants. The purpose was to bring together scientists, students,
and managers to examine the patterns of marine bioinvasions, ecological
and evolutionary consequences, and ballast water management. The
three main focuses of the conference are as follows:
The Conference Chair, Judith Pederson, Ph.D., has submitted a
The conference proceedings are available in PDF (326 kb) format.
Abstracts from most of the
presentations are available in HTML
and PDF (986 kb) formats.
The 427 page conference proceedings from this conference is available through MITSG Publications for $25.00 (Publication # MITSG 00-2). To order, go to the MIT Sea Grant Publications Page and use the online order form.