Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs.
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Thaler, Andrew David
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Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) present a potential risk for the transmission of invasive species. This is particularly the case for small, low-cost microROVs that can be easily transported among ecosystems and, if not properly cleaned and treated, may introduce novel species into new regions. Here we present a set of 5 best-practice guidelines to reduce the risk of marine invasive species introduction for microROV operators. These guidelines include: educating ROV users about the causes and potential harm of species invasion; visually inspecting ROVs prior to and at the conclusion of each dive; rinsing ROVs in sterile freshwater following each dive; washing ROVs in a mild bleach (or other sanitizing agent) solution before moving between discrete geographic regions or ecosystems; and minimizing transport between ecosystems. We also provide a checklist that microROV users can incorporate into their pre-and post -dive maintenance routine......
JournalTropical Conservation Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Maturity LevelTRL 5 System/subsystem/component validation in relevant environment
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationThaler, A. D.; Freitag, A.; Bergman, E.; Fretz, D. and Saleu, W. (2015) Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs. Tropical Conservation Science, 8(3), pp.711-717