Marine invasive species identification workshop

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General information

This two-day course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in UK coastal waters and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species. Presentations and practical hands-on experience in the field collection of specimens are included, alongside the use of microscopes and taxonomic keys for species identification.  Highly invasive species that are already in UK coastal waters, and those thought to be 'high risk' but not yet present receive particular attention.

The course begins at 9am on the 6th October and will finish at 3pm on the 7th. What you’ll learn on the Marine Invasive Species Workshop:

Day 1 (6th October)

  • Definition of ‘invasive species’
  • Economic, environmental and societal impacts
  • Pathways of transmission: how marine aliens reach and become established in new habitats
  • Biosecurity measures for marine aliens
  • Techniques for field collection and rapid surveys.

Day 2 (7th October)

  • Risk assessment for species and pathways
  • Strategic management of invasive species, including eradication and control methods
  • Practical identification and taxonomy of invasive species
  • Overview of existing legislation for dealing with the new arrival of a marine invasive species
  • Species distribution and recording techniques.
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Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK 



£375 (VAT exempt) including lectures, field trip, microscope tuition, notes and ID guides.


The course is particularly relevant if you work in the marine environment, for example environment agencies, consultancies, the aquaculture industry, offshore renewables sector, ports and harbour authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students and any other interested parties. You’re encouraged to bring your own samples for identification if you wish. Please bring a clean lab coat with you for the practical sessions.

Application Procedure:

You can make an online reservation, email or call 01631 559000. This course is always popular due to the experience gained from field collection and laboratory time, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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