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SILVERSTRIPE BLAASOPS IN GREECE

The poisonous fish have literally “inundate” the Aegean Sea, specially the Dodecanese region.

The alert of the “raids” of this invasive fauna has arrived both in small cities and in the big urban centers of all Europe that are particularly vulnerable.

By the experts of International Union for the Nature Conservation (IUCN), urban centers are considered to be at greater risk of exotic plants and animal species (IAS), this as results of the transportation infrastructures.

Alien species are non-native plants or animals that have not natural predators, therefore are rapidly diffusing and vanquish the endemic flora and fauna.

In the case of Greece is highlighted the problem with the Silverstripe Blaasops (Lagocephalus Sceleratus), fish dangerously toxic that, passing through the Suez Canal, have colonized the Aegean, and in particular the area of ​​the Dodecanese.

In 2007, in the waters of the Aegean Sea, population has risen due to higher temperatures.

The lagocephalus contains poisonous toxin known as Tetradotoxin (TTX), which cause, to the person who ingests it, respiratory and circulatory failure, muscle paralysis and even death. In fact there is not any antidote for the toxin.

According to scientists, this is the evidence of their rapid spread and their dominance over other species in Greek waters.

This is the goal of the conference that is currently conducting the IUCN in Gland in Switzerland, with the participation of local authorities, environmental NGOs, politicians and scientists.

Recently, the IUCN has published a report outlining a series of cases on how to tackle the problem in a several number of European Union countries.

The Silverstripe Blaasops in Greece

The Silverstripe Blaasops made their first appearance in Rhodes in 2003 and then spread rapidly, coming soon also in the North Aegean Sea.

Lately we fish lagocephalus who came to exceed five kg of weight (http://www.fishingtarget.com/en/lagocephalus-sceleratus.html) and a meter length, whereas before, the lagocephalus that was captured with nets did not exceed two hundred grams.