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Baseline Port Surveys for Introduced Marine Molluskan, Crustacean and Polychaete Species in the South Atlantic Bight

Objectives• To conduct an extensive literature review of existing biotic surveys for mollusks, crustaceans and polychaetes in the South Atlantic Bight (SAB) region.• To describe the ports of Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington in terms of their history, geology, hydrography, and shipping movements.• To conduct a comprehensive search for molluskan, polychaete, and crustacean species in each port.• To provide baseline information on native biodiversity, and on the presence, distribution, relative abundance, and trophic status of identified nonindigenous molluskan, crustacean and polychaete species.• To identify priority invasive species either present, or with the potential to occur at each location.• To determine differences in community structure, sediment size, and water quality parameters across this geographical region.• To integrate all data with GIS, and to disseminate results to potential end users, including accessible databases to contribute to the national knowledge base of invasive species.

Publisher - University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia Sea Grant

Subjects - Polychaetes; Crustacea; Invasive Species


Citation: Power A, Mitchell MA, Walker R, Posey M, Alphin T, Belcher C. 2006. Baseline Port Surveys for Introduced Marine Molluskan, Crustacean and Polychaete Species in the South Atlantic Bight. Savannah (GA): University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia Sea Grant; R/HAB-15. 301 pp http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu/images/uploads/media/Port_Survey.pdf