Species alerts

Carpet Sea-squirt - Didemnum vexillum

Carpet Sea-squirt - <em>Didemnum vexillum</em>

This is a species alert issued as part of the GB rapid response protocol:

Carpet Sea-squirt (Didemnum vexillum) is a highly invasive non-native marine animal that could threaten conservation, fishing and the shellfish industry.

Thought to be originally from Japan, it has become a pest in other countries by smothering native species and interfering with fishing, aquaculture and other activities.  It has recently been found in some marinas in England and Wales and there are strong concerns that it will spread more widely.

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