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2018 International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference

May 2-4, 2018
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Invasive ascidians are impacting ecosystems, creating a nuisance for the aquaculture industry, and are a major component of fouling communities.  The aim of this conference is to bring together marine biologists and people concerned with invasive ascidians, to explore the biology, ecology, impacts, management options for control and other relevant topics.  The format of the three-day conference includes oral presentations and posters on current research.


The conference audience is expected to include marine biologists, shellfishery scientists, representatives of the shellfishery industry, members of local, state, and federal agencies concerned with coastal resources, representatives from sponsoring organizations and the media.


Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Oak Bluffs Shellfish Department


The conference will be held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Conference sessions are held in the Clark Laboratory Conference Room.

Steering Committee

Jeff Davidson (UPEI), Cynthia McKenzie (DFO Canada, Newfoundland), Page Valentine (USGS), Phil Colarusso (US EPA), Jim Carlton (Williams College), Judy Pederson (MIT Sea Grant), Stephan Bullard (UHartford), Mary Carman (WHOI)


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Papers from the conference proceedings are published in special issues of the REABIC journal Management of Biological Invasions (at a reduced rate) under the guidance of guest co-editors. The published papers from the 2014 IISSC-V conference can be accessed at Links to the published papers from the proceedings of IISSC-II and IISSC-III can be found at Aquatic Invasions and


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Ciona intestinalis on a mooring line, Burn, Newfoundland (Photo by Kyle Matheson)
Invasive ascidians on a boat hull, Ashqelon, along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. (Photo by Mey-Tal Gewing)
Oyster rope covered with Clavelina oblonga, Ebro Delta, Northeast Iberian Peninsula. (Photo by Xavier Turon)
Diplosoma listerianum at Panama Marina, Panama. (Photo by Rosana Rocha)