Aliens in our seas – Is there cause for con­cern?’

The monthly talk at Din l-Art Ħelwa will be de­liv­ered by Prof Alan Dei­dun to­mor­row at 6.30pm at 133, Melita Street, Val­letta.

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90% of all global trade is af­fected through our seas. Our in­creas­ing re­liance on mar­itime trade has re­sulted in a greater en­deav­our to in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween dif­fer­ent hubs and ports, mainly through the open­ing of canals and also through the com­mis­sion­ing of ever larger cargo car­ri­ers.

Such a boost in mar­itime trade has also re­sulted in stow­aways in­ad­ver­tently hitch­ing a hike on ships or by pas­sively swim­ming through canals. This has re­sulted in an in­creas­ing num­ber of new ma­rine ar­rivals to busy wa­ter­ways such as the Mediter­ranean, which is ser­viced by the newly-en­larged Suez Canal.

Whilst many view th­ese new­com­ers sim­ply as es­o­teric ad­di­tions to our ma­rine as­sem­blages, oth­ers are more cau­tious as the eco­log­i­cal im­pacts of some of th­ese new­com­ers are re­vealed.

Prof. Alan Dei­dun is an As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor within the Phys­i­cal Oceanog­ra­phy Re­search Group within the Depart­ment of Geo­sciences at the Univer­sity of Malta. He is cur­rently in­volved in sev­eral ar­eas of coastal and ma­rine bi­ol­ogy, and oceanog­ra­phy re­search, and is Project Man­ager at the Univer­sity of Malta on a num­ber of EU-funded projects.

Through the PANACEA project, the first ever ma­rine en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre in the Mal­tese Is­lands was opened in Dwe­jra, Gozo, in March 2013. He has au­thored over 100 sci­en­tific pa­pers and ab­stracts pub­lished in dif­fer­ent aca­demic journals and in con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings.

Prof. Dei­dun is also deeply in­volved in en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy, hav­ing penned a news­pa­per col­umn for the past 14 years which in turn re­ceived for three times the lo­cal En­vi­ron­men­tal Jour­nal­ism Award and other nat­u­ral her­itage jour­nal­ism awards.

In to­tal, he has penned over 400 pop­u­lar science and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy ar­ti­cles in dif­fer­ent lo­cal news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, and has par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous TV and ra­dio pro­grammes over the course of the past 15 years.

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