The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Phillip J. Haubrock (ESR7) began his placement at ECOHYDROS in Maliaño (Cantabria) in September and has accompanied the team on several monitoring trips excursions, this has enabled him to see first hand the freshwater fish diversity and  beautiful scenery in Cantabria.

           

Some of the most common fish (Common minnow – Phoxinus phoxinus; Brown trout – Salmo trutta) an impressive number of European eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) were collected, with only one incidence of invasive Rainbow trouts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being detected. In the coming weeks, Phillip will begin working on the trophic structure and feeding habits of invasive species in a freshwater lake in Alava.

Phillip said: “I would like to thank everybody from Ecohydros for the warm welcome and the chance to accompany you on your work around Cantabria, which gave me the chance to experience another part of this worlds magnificent nature.”

 

September 15th, 2017

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