2. Long-term monitoring of invasive marine species

Introduction

The ARMS European project is a Genomics Observatory and a collaboration of ~20 European institutes. Our network of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) consists of ~25 observatories who deploy individual settlement units in the vicinity of marine stations and Long-term Ecological Research sites in European coastal waters and Ant/arctica. After a few months they are brought up, and visual, photographic, and genetic assessments are made of the lifeforms that settled on them. These data will be used to assess the status of, and changes in, the hard-bottom communities of these near-coast environments.  This project began in 2019 and will run for as long as funding allows. The scientific goals are:

  • To identify newly arrived Non-Indigenous Species (NIS) at each ARMS site
  • To track the migration of already known NIS in European continental waters
  • To monitor hard-bottom community composition over longer periods
  • To identify the Essential Biodiversity Variables for hard-bottom fauna, including NIS