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From Plates to Baits: Using a Remote Video Foraging System to Study the Impact of Foraging on Fouling Non-Indigenous Species

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MARE—Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI), Edifício Madeira Tecnopolo, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Portugal
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Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, USA
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OOM—Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação, Edifício Madeira Tecnopolo, Piso 0, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Portugal
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Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 360, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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MARE—Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
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Laboratorio de Biología Marina, Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de Biología de la Universidad de Sevilla, Av. de la Reina Mercedes, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
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CCMAR—Centre for Marine Sciences, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Jean-Claude Dauvin
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2022, 10(5), 611; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10050611
Received: 9 April 2022 / Revised: 27 April 2022 / Accepted: 28 April 2022 / Published: 30 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Biological Invasions: Experimental Approaches)
Marinas are a gateway for the introduction and establishment of non-indigenous species (NIS). In these habitats, competition and predation are crucial determinants for NIS establishment and invasiveness. However, fish trophic preferences and biotic effects inside marinas are poorly known. This study proposes a novel method that combines the deployment of settlement plates to recruit different assemblages, followed by their use as bait in remote underwater video systems. This combined approach, addressed as a remote video foraging system (RVFS), can record fish foraging behaviour, including feeding choices and their impacts on fouling assemblage composition. An experimental RVFS trial carried out in a marina of Madeira Island, Portugal (NE Atlantic), identified the Mediterranean parrotfish, Sparisoma cretense, as the most important fouling grazer in the area. S. cretense behaved as a generalist and increased the heterogeneity of fouling assemblages, which can hamper NIS dominance of the fouling and reduce the pressure of propagules from the marina to the natural environment. The RVFS tool was useful to understand the trophic links between foragers and fouling and has the potential to provide relevant information for the management of NIS introductions, establishment and spread. View Full-Text
Keywords: marina; trophic interactions; cascade effect; biotic resistance; RVFS marina; trophic interactions; cascade effect; biotic resistance; RVFS
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Chebaane, S.; Canning-Clode, J.; Ramalhosa, P.; Belz, J.; Castro, N.; Órfão, I.; Sempere-Valverde, J.; Engelen, A.H.; Pais, M.P.; Monteiro, J.G. From Plates to Baits: Using a Remote Video Foraging System to Study the Impact of Foraging on Fouling Non-Indigenous Species. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2022, 10, 611. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10050611

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Chebaane S, Canning-Clode J, Ramalhosa P, Belz J, Castro N, Órfão I, Sempere-Valverde J, Engelen AH, Pais MP, Monteiro JG. From Plates to Baits: Using a Remote Video Foraging System to Study the Impact of Foraging on Fouling Non-Indigenous Species. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2022; 10(5):611. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10050611

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Chebaane, Sahar, João Canning-Clode, Patrício Ramalhosa, Janina Belz, Nuno Castro, Inês Órfão, Juan Sempere-Valverde, Aschwin Hillebrand Engelen, Miguel Pessanha Pais, and João Gama Monteiro. 2022. "From Plates to Baits: Using a Remote Video Foraging System to Study the Impact of Foraging on Fouling Non-Indigenous Species" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10, no. 5: 611. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10050611

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