AquaNIS is a product of the project VECTORS "Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors" funded during the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. [266445].

Currently the team consists of: Sergej Olenin (coordinator), Aleksas Narščius (database manager), Bella Galil, Stephan Gollasch, Agnese Marchini, Dan Minchin, Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Henn Ojaveer, Anastasija Zaiko.

AquaNIS inherited and incorporated multiple data collections on non-indigenous species from pan-European and regional projects and initiatives where the developers of the database have jointly participated, such as:

  • EU Concerted Action "Testing Monitoring Systems for Risk Assessment of Harmful Introductions by Ships to European Waters" (1997-1999)
  • EU FP6 Integrated Project ALARM "Assessing Large-scale environmental risks with tested methods" (2004-2009)
  • EU FP6 project DAISIE "Delivering Alien Species Inventory for Europe" (2005-2008)
  • EU FP6 project IMPASSE "Environmental impacts of invasive alien species in aquaculture" (2006-2008)
  • EU FP7 project MEECE "Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment" (2008-2012)
  • European Census of Marine Life (2009-2010)
  • Baltic Sea Alien Species Database (1997-2012)
Other resources:
  • Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation project BINLIT "Biological invasions in Lithuanian ecosystems under the climate change: causes impacts and projections" (2008-2010)
  • "Allochthonous Species Group" of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM)

AquaNIS is hosted by Klaipeda University.

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