Development of technologies for controlling invasive exotic wildlife in aquatic ecosystems

Controlling the proliferation of exotic species in inland waterways is a challenge for the conservation of biodiversity. Exotic species also affect the maintenance of hydraulic infrastructure, as well as some economic activities. Species such as the island applesnail (Pomacea insularum), the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and various bivalves, fish and turtles, are increasingly common in our aquatic ecosystems.

With the support of the ACC1Ó Agency of the Catalan Government’s Ministry of Enterprise and Labour and with the collaboration of universities, Minartia has started a research, development and innovation project to develop technologies for controlling invasive exotic species in inland aquatic habitats.

The aim is to transfer knowledge and technology from research to methodological protocols that can be used to resolve conflicts and lessen the impact that certain invasive exotic species (molluscs, crabs, fish, turtles, etc.) have on productive and economic activities and on ecological processes in inland aquatic environments. In a first phase, with the collaboration of CREAF, the main species on which to focus the first trials have been identified.

Managers of natural spaces and organizations interested in participating in the project by testing control methods for species that cause conflicts in their area of activity can contact us at the following email address.