Deaths-head Jester

[The Project]
[The ApocaDocs]
[Equal Share]
The Six Scenarios:
[Species Collapse]
[Infectious Disease]
[Climate Chaos]
[Resource Depletion]
[Biology Breach]


It's weekly, funny, and free!


More than 5,600 stories!

A great gift
for crisis deniers!

The ApocaDocs have a Book!
Humoring the Horror of the
Converging Emergencies
94 color pages
$24.99 now $15!
Or read FREE online!


Ping this story
in social media:

Posted Sat Jan 10 2009: from
Destructive alien species being transported around the world by sea
[T]he cargo ships are unwittingly transporting larvae and tiny organisms that could cause damage to other species. This is because cargo ships take up water for ballast once they have discharged their load. When they arrive at the new destination the water is dumped -- along with any living stowaways on board. Over the years ships have transported comb jellyfish from the US to the Black Sea, where they have decimated fish stocks. The European green crab has caused problems in the US and Australia and Asian kelp has caused havoc in New Zealand, Europe and Argentina. In the UK the Chinese mitten crab and European zebra mussel are just some of the invasive maritime species transported by sea threatening native species. It is estimated that up to 10 billion tonnes of ballast water is transferred globally each year.
[Read more stories about: invasive species]

Your Quips:
Joey says: "Ultimately, we are ALL barnacles."
Haley says: "But doesn't the "Chinese mitten crab" just sound soooo cute?"
Joff says: "I can haz middenz"

Got a PaniQuip?

Your Quip (limit 140 characters, no links, just wit):

First name:

The text shown in the Web image to the right:

We reserve the right to reuse, remove, or refuse any entry.

'Doc Michael says:
A billion tonnes here, a billion tonnes there, and pretty soon you're talking real problems.

More stories:
  • Medicinal plants on verge of extinction
  • State and County Literacy Estimates
  • (Destructive alien species being transported around the world by sea)
  • California Scientists Create E.Coli-based Fuel That's Much More Efficient Than Ethanol
  • Second TVA spill reported in Alabama

  • Want to explore more?
    Try the PaniCloud!
    Copyright 2010 The