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Invasiveness risks of naked goby, Gobiosoma bosc, to North Sea transitional waters

Dodd, Jennifer A.; Copp, Gordon H.; Tidbury, Hannah J.; Leuven, Rob S.E.W.; Feunteun, Eric; Olsson, Karin H.; Gollasch, Stephan; Jelmert, Anders; O'Shaughnessy, Kathryn A.; Reeves, David; Brenner, Jorge; Verreycken, Hugo


Gordon H. Copp

Hannah J. Tidbury

Rob S.E.W. Leuven

Eric Feunteun

Karin H. Olsson

Stephan Gollasch

Anders Jelmert

Kathryn A. O'Shaughnessy

David Reeves

Jorge Brenner

Hugo Verreycken


In recent decades, gobies have dispersed or introduced from the Ponto-Caspian region of eastern Europe in a westerly direction to North American and western European waters. By contrast, the naked goby, Gobiosoma bosc, is the only known gobiid species to have been introduced in an easterly direction from North American to western Europe. The potential invasiveness of G. bosc was assessed using the Aquatic Species Invasiveness Screening Kit (AS-ISK) for rivers and transitional waters for the western and eastern sides of the North Sea. Using globally-derived thresholds, G. bosc was assessed as low-medium invasiveness risk for both sides of the North Sea under current climate conditions. Under future climate conditions, potential invasiveness will increase for both risk assessment areas. Environmental suitability assessment indicated an increase in environmental suitability for G. bosc on the eastern coastline of the North Sea under climate change scenarios and suitability remained unchanged on the western coastline, reflecting the authors' expectations of invasiveness risk.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 13, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2022
Journal Marine Pollution Bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 181
Article Number 113763
Keywords Gobiosoma bosc, North Sea, Invasiveness, Risk screening, Environmental suitability assessment
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