Entire Peconic Estuary
Peconic Aquatic Invasive Species Database
The problem of invasive species has become a global issue. Introduced species can be aggressive and quickly replace native populations of plants and animals resulting in significant changes in the functioning of ecosystems. While not a new problem, the instances of species introduction has steadily increased in recent years, with the Peconic Estuary not having been immune to invasion.
Management of non-native, invasive species relies on monitoring/detection as a first line of defense. The detection of newly introduced species is facilitated by having a good knowledge of the invasive species already established in the system. A baseline database of invasive species not only provides managers with species list for differentiating “new” from “old” invasions, but it also may provide insights into potential invasion pathways/vectors, patterns of spread, and interactions with native populations of flora and fauna.