Marine Non-Indigenous Species (NIS) are organisms introduced accidently or deliberately into the European Seas, originating from other seas of the globe. About 800 marine NIS are currently known in the European Union national marine waters, several of which have negative impacts on marine ecosystem services and biodiversity. The EU Member States should consider these species in their marine management strategies, according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (Descriptor 2)
A new report by the Joint Research Centre (European Commission’s science and knowledge service) has now been released, to provide practical recommendations aiming at a smoother and more efficient implementation of this descriptor and its criteria at EU level.
Check the report here.