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International Symposium on Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Fish and Mussels

International Symposium on Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Fish and Mussels

June 21-24, 2010
Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis

Purpose: This international symposium will address the potential of genetic biocontrol against established invasive finfish and mussel species and the risks associated with its use. Genetic biocontrol refers to the release of genetically manipulated organisms designed to disrupt the survival or reproduction of a targeted invasive species. Genetic biocontrol strategies have the capability to be more effective and targeted than current control methods, all of which have major flaws. Turning methods into practical tools requires identifying and successfully addressing obstacles and concerns.

Objectives: This symposium will bring together fisheries managers, industry representatives, and government regulators with experts in all facets of genetic biocontrol, in order to:

  • review status of genetic biocontrol technologies and develop a research agenda;

  • consider current methodologies and develop a roadmap for risk assessment;

  • discuss stakeholder involvement in development and assessment of this technology;

  • examine the regulatory context for genetic biocontrol of invasive fishes and mussels; and

  • consider economics of impacts of invasive species and genetic biocontrol technologies.

Results: A peer-reviewed volume will be published as a special issue of the journal Biological Invasions. This volume will include papers from individual presentations and multi-authored synthesis papers coming out of interactive sessions.

More information at www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais/biocontrol.


By Sea Grant Staff
March 2010

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