Twenty five years of invasion: management of the round goby Neogobius melanostomus in the Baltic Sea

Henn Ojaveer, Bella S. Galil, Maiju Lehtiniemi, Mads Christoffersen, Sally Clink, Ann-Britt Florin, Piotr Gruszka, Riikka Puntila, Jane Behrens

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Abstract

The round goby, Neogobius melanostomus (Pallas, 1814), is one of the most invasive non-indigenous species in the Baltic Sea. It dominates
coastal fisheries in some localities and is frequently found in offshore pelagic catches. This paper identifies management issues and suggests
actions to be considered for post-invasion management. Priority should be given to the establishment of a coordinated pan-Baltic monitoring
programme and associated data storage and exchange, as well as the compilation of landing statistics of the round goby in commercial and
recreational fisheries. While eradication is unrealistic, population control that leads to minimising the risk of transfer to yet uncolonised areas
in the Baltic Sea and adjacent waterbodies is feasible. This should comprise the requirement that the species be landed in commercial fishery
bycatch, the management of ships’ ballast water and sediments, and hull fouling of inland and sea-going vessels, including recreational boats.
Extensive involvement of stakeholders is crucial at all phases of the management process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalManagement of Biological Invasions
Volume6
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)329-339
ISSN1989-8649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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