The enlargement of the Suez Canal and introduction of non-indigenous species to the Mediterranean Sea
Galil, Bella S.; Boero, Ferdinando; Fraschetti, Simona; Piraino, Stefano; Campbell, Marnie L.; Hewitt, Chad L.; Carlton, James T.; Cook, Elizebeth J.; Jelmert, Anders; Macpherson, Enrique; Marchini, Agnese; Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Anna; McKenzie, Cynthia H.; Minchin, Dan; Ojaveer, Henn; Olenin, Sergej; Ruiz, Gregory
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Galil, B. S., Boero, F., Fraschetti, S., Piraino, S., Campbell, M. L., Hewitt, C. L., … Ruiz, G. (2015). The enlargement of the Suez Canal and introduction of non-indigenous species to the Mediterranean Sea. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 24(2), 43–45. http://doi.org/10.1002/lob.10036
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The Suez Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world – during the last year 17,148 ships passed through the Canal – reducing emissions, saving time, and operating costs to shippers. The rapid increase in ship size from the “Post-Suezmax” (> 12,000 TEU) to the latest container vessels (> 19,000 TEU) now requires enlargements of port facilities and canals. A project of this magnitude, and with potentially negative environmental outcomes, requires a transparent and scientifically sound “Environmental Impact Assessment” (EIA). An explicit obligation on Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (https://www.cbd.int/doc/ legal/cbd-en.pdf) was made to consider transboundary impacts on biodiversity, particularly those associated with invasive non-indigenous species.
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