Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are a global environmental issue in both marine and freshwater ecosystems and have had significant impacts on ecosystems and economies across the world. AIS are spread through a wide range of vectors including shipping, stocking, and live trade. Minimizing the ecological and economic impacts of AIS involves understanding the risks they pose and the preventative and control measures required to minimize those risks. AIS are known to have multiple synergistic impacts on ecosystem health and may be contributing to numerous other stressors including harmful algal blooms and fish kills.

The high volume of international marine traffic that passes through the Sea of Oman presents an obvious risk for AIS. The goals of the Marine Invasive Species (MIS) conference were to bring together leading researchers and experts from across the world to share the current state of knowledge on the risks, impacts...

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