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Project ID:2006NJ105B

Title: The Potential Impact of the Asian Isopod, Synidotea laevidorsalis (Miers 1881), on the Delaware Bay, USA

Project Type: Research

Start Date: 03/01/2006

End Date: 02/28/2007

Congressional District: 6th

Focus Categories: Invasive Species, Ecology, Conservation

Keywords: Synidotea laevidorsalis, marine isopod, aquatic ecosystem, non-ingenious species (NIS), estuarine communities, anthropogenic activities, estuary, Isopod, marine crustacean, mesohaline

Principal Investigators: Boyd, Sean; Bushek, David

Federal Funds: $2,000

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $4,152

Abstract: With the increasing risks of non-native species introductions and the negative impacts that exotic species can exert upon our natural ecosystems, it becomes vital to understand the potential threat of each newly discovered non-native species as soon as possible to minimize environmental damage. Many instances exist where an exotic species became problematic or harmful to the environment because of neglect or misunderstanding of its impact following an introduction. Because the introduction of S. laevidorsalis is relatively recent, it is still developing and defining its niche within the Delaware Bay. In order to guage its long-term impact on the ecosystem, we need to understand its expected range and resource demands within the ecosystem itself.

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