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International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference-II-Canada

October 2-4, 2007


Invasive ascidians are impacting ecosystems, creating a nuisance for the aquaculture industry, and are a major component of fouling communities. The aim of this second conference was to further address the continuing problems associated with invasive species of tunicates. We aim to bring together marine biologists and other people concerned with invasive ascidians, to explore the biology, ecology, impacts, management options for control, and other relevant topics discussed at the 2005 IISSC. The format of the three day conference included invited plenary talks, contributed research presentations, posters, and discussions.

Steering Committee

Andrew Bagnall, Stephan Bullard, Jim Carlton, Mary Carman, Jeff Davidson, Cabell Davis, Vincent Guida, Kevin Heasman, Andrea Locke, Neil MacNair, Judy Pederson, Stefan Sievert, Page Valentine, Peter Warris and Bob Whitlatch


The conference target audience consisted of marine biologists, shellfishery scientists, representatives of the shellfishery industry, members of local, state, and federal agencies concerned with coastal resources, and representatives from sponsoring organizations.


Contributed posters displayed at the Rodd Brudenell River conference site. Poster abstracts included in the published proceedings.


The conference held at the Rodd Brudenell River resort on Prince Edward Island, Canada. This site is located 30 miles from Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Anticipated attendance: approximately 125 people.

Registration Fee

US$200 for Professionals, US$125 for Students.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, WHOI Ocean Life Institute, USGS-Woods Hole, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel, WHOI Sea Grant, University of Prince Edward Island, PEI Aquaculture Alliance, PEI Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, New Brunswick Dept of Agriculture and Aquiculture, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Ocean Life Institute

U.S. Geological Survey

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture

Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel

WHOI Sea Grant

University of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance

P.E.I. Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Government of New Brunswick - Dept of Agriculture and Aquaculture

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

NOAA Aquatic Invasive Species Program