The scope of this challenge is to check the fitness for use of the current available marine datasets to identify* & source alien species in the sea basin and any adverse impacts on ecosystems and socio-economy, as established by the ballast water management convention, or to indicate gaps in the current EU data collection framework.

*          The identification covers the species name, taxonomic group, year of introduction and citation, vectors of introduction, geographical distribution, impact on ecosystem, impact on socio-economy. Up to ten indicators are required to determine impacts on ecosystem and economy. These could, for instance, include extinction of native species, reduced income for fishermen, risk to aquaculture. Criteria and methodological standards are established by recent COMMISSION DECISION (EU) 2017/848 (Official Journal of the European Union 18.5.2017 L 125/50-51) on good environmental status of marine waters and specifications and standardised methods for monitoring and assessment (repealing Decision 2010/477/EU)

This activity of the EU BlackSea checkpoint project (DG MARE contract n° EASME/EMFF/2014/1.3.1.3/LOT4/SI2.709436) has been executed during the 2015-2018 period of time. The methodology used is identical to all challenges.

  • Perform a literature survey to identify state of the art activities related to the use case and clarify the landscape of monitoring data covering the BlackSea,
  • Specify needs for production and realize the product,
  • Evaluate the adequacy of monitoring data, that is the availability and appropriateness.

The team participating in the challenge is:

Five products have been developed, addressing two alien species – Mnemiopsis leidyi (family Bolinopsidae) and Beroe ovata (family Beroidae):

  • The Mnemiopsis leidyi distribution is presented in a table and two digital maps.

The Mnemiopsis leidyi indicator for impact on the marine ecosystem is proposed by Moncheva, Todorova et al., 2013. The indicator is based on the thresholds for assessment of Good Environmental Status published by Vinogradov et al., 2005 and Shiganova et al., 2014.

  • The Beroe ovata distribution is presented in a table. There are not proposed indicators for this alien species.

The products are listed and accessible from the table given below. All products are representative of the December 2017 status.

Number Name and  Specification of product Access to product Confidence limits
Product 01 Table of Mnemiopsis leidyi alien species abundance and biomass distribution in the Black sea GIS viewing

Excel file

[unit: ind/m2; g/m2]
Limited: The product fails in most aspects to meet the objectives but meets some (see our detailed appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page
Product 02 Digital map of Mnemiopsis leidyi alien species abundance distribution in the Black sea

GIS viewing

[unit: ind/m2)

Limited: The product fails in most aspects to meet the objectives but meets some (see our detailed appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
Product 03 Digital map of Mnemiopsis leidyi alien species biomass distribution in the Black sea

GIS viewing

[unit: g/m2)

Limited: The product fails in most aspects to meet the objectives but meets some (see our detailed appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
Product 04 Table of Beroe ovata alien species abundance and biomass distribution in the Black sea

GIS viewing

Excel file

[unit: ind/m2; g/m2]

Limited: The product fails in most aspects to meet the objectives but meets some (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)
Product 05 Table of Mnemiopsis leidyi alien species abundance and biomass distribution in the Black Sea as an indicators for impact on the ecosystem and economy

GIS viewing

Excel file

[unit: ind/m3; g/m3]

Limited: The product fails in most aspects to meet the objectives but meets challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page)

Discover here the two groups of characteristics and the related environmental domains, Biota and Biology, as well as the various data providers

 

  • Read our expert evaluation report to get feedback on the appropriateness of upstream data used in product realization,
  • And read integrated reports to find out all our assessment feedback on the project checkpoint
    • The Literature Survey: to discover all upstream data and possible uses
    • The first Data Adequacy Report to get feedback on the stress test on availability* of all referenced data sets
    • The second data Adequacy report for full feedback on availability and appropriateness of all used data sets, of all challenges.

The EMODnet Black Sea Checkpoint practical outputs are the results of the assessment exercise carried out by the so-called “challenges” specified by the call for tenders n° MARE/2014/09 aiming at determining how well the input data from the observing and monitoring systems existing at the sea basin scale fit the user needs to develop them.

This product and any resultant data produced is a consequence of these tests and provided on an “as is” basis. The information contained in the data products and in the descriptions (metadata) of the input data and of the data products making use of them is believed to be trustworthy. However, its completeness, consistency, accuracy, and usability cannot be guaranteed. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure its reliability within the limits of present knowledge, no responsibility can be accepted by those involved in its compilation or publication for any consequential loss or damage arising from its use.

The producer disclaims any and all warranties, conditions, or representations (express, implied, oral or written), relating to the Product or any part thereof, including, without limitation, any and all implied warranties of quality, performance, suitability or fitness for a particular purpose to the full extent permitted by law. The Producer accepts no liability for loss suffered or incurred as a result of reliance on the Product or any output of its use. The Producer shall not be liable for any economic loss, loss of profit, loss of business or contract, depletion of goodwill or otherwise, in each case whether direct, or indirect or any indirect loss whatsoever (howsoever caused) including loss or damage suffered as a result of an action brought by any person which arise out of or in connection with the use of the Product or inability to use the Product.