• Taxonomy, native origin, biological traits, etc.

  • Recipient regions, pathways, vectors, traits of recipient habitat, statuses, dates, etc.

  • Flexible multi-criteria search engine, data processing for further analysis.

  • Geographical information arrangement for Species and Introduction events.

  • Active editorial board

  • Bionivasion impacts (biopollution) assessment.


About AquaNIS

AquaNIS is an online information system on the aquatic Non-Indigenous Species (NIS), and species which might be considered as NIS, i.e. cryptogenic species. The system stores and disseminates information on NIS introduction histories, recipient regions, taxonomy, biological traits, impacts, and other relevant documented data. Currently, the system contains data on NIS introduced to marine, brackish and coastal freshwater of Europe and neighboring regions, but may be extended to other parts of the World.

AquaNIS seeks to ensure the long-term maintenance and reliability of the database by continuous update and scientific validation of its data, making it useful for research and practical for management. We believe that the content will be of value in relation to the management of the EU Water Framework Directive, The Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Risk Assessment measures for different pathways, especially shipping and aquaculture.

AquaNIS is a living database and is constantly updated with new records. All entered data is checked as far as is possible to current taxonomic status and references are supplied to qualify each of the datasets. All of the submitted data is to the best of our knowledge accurate. However, we do not accept any legal responsibility as to how the information derived from this database is interpreted or used.

The database will be gradually opened for free access in modules according to each state of completion. See "Regions available for public access" below.

The information system AquaNIS as a whole, multiple species accounts, search and data comparison results should be cited as:
  • AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2013. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2014-10-31.
A single species account should be cited as it is shown at the entry:
  • Data provider(s), 2013. Species name. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2013. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2014-10-31.
An introduction event of single species should be cited as it is shown at the entry:
  • Data provider(s), 2013. Species name introduction to [Here goes the name of Recipient Region]. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2013. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2014-10-31.
Examples:
  • Gollasch S., 2013. Sargassum muticum. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2013. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2014-10-31.
  • Minchin D., Cook E. J., 2013. Mercenaria mercenaria introduction to United Kingdom (Britain). In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2013. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2014-10-31.
2013-11-07 - Regions available for public access
Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) regions available for public access:
  • 20. Barents Sea NEW!
  • 21. Norwegian Sea NEW!
  • 23. Baltic Sea
  • 24. Celtic-Biscay Shelf - Ireland data NEW!
  • 59. Iceland Shelf NEW!
  • 60. Faroe Plateau NEW!
2013-08-25 - Publication available
Making non-indigenous species information systems practical for management and useful for research: An aquatic perspective

Olenin S., Narščius A., Minchin D., David M., Galil B., Gollasch S., Marchini A., Occhipinti-Ambrogi A., Ojaveer H., Zaiko A.

Biological Conservation, 2013,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.07.040

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