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To be able to live in its new marine environment the introduced exotic marine life must be:

Suited to its new environment

Benefit from the absence of predators and diseases

Have high reproduction rates, rapid growth and efficient dispersal methods.

The invading species may:

  • Feed on the native marine life
  • Deprive native species of space, light, oxygen or food
  • Some introduced toxic algae cause red tides ie algal blooms. The toxins can affect or even kill shellfish, fish and seabirds and can become a health risk for humans
  • Cause economic damage to the fishing/marine industries.

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