Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 9, 2012

The Guardian: As Japan debris washes up in the US, scientists fear break in natural order

Debris from Japan’s tsunami continues to arrive along the west coast on North America via the various ocean currents, introducing new organisms heretofore unknown on that side of the Pacific. Apart from illustrating how natural dispersions of species can occur, it also raises grave concerns as to the consequences these new invasions will have on established ecosystems. Essentially, “We know extinctions occur with invasions,” said John Chapman, assistant professor of fisheries and invasive species specialist at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “This is like arrows shot into the dark. Some of them could hit a mark” (The Guardian, 2012).

The full article can be accessed here.

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