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Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium): Are we aiming high enough?

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Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium) : Are we aiming high enough? / Adriaens, Tim; Devisscher, Sander; Louette, Gerald.

2015. Paper presented at 10th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Sevilla, Spain.

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Adriaens, T., Devisscher, S., & Louette, G. (2015). Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium): Are we aiming high enough?. Paper presented at 10th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Sevilla, Spain.

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Adriaens, Tim ; Devisscher, Sander ; Louette, Gerald. / Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium) : Are we aiming high enough?. Paper presented at 10th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Sevilla, Spain.35 p.

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title = "Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium): Are we aiming high enough?",
abstract = "American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus is one of the world’s worst invasivespecies and suspected to cause substantial ecological damage around the globethrough predation, competition and pathogen transmission. The species hasbeen introduced in Flanders at the end of the 1990s. Since then the populationhas been expanding its distribution area, and now holds an area of occupancyof 17 km2. The largest stronghold is a (meta)population in a river valley wherea large reproducing population in a complex of several hundreds of - largelyprivate - ponds used for recreational fishing and gardening is present. Thenorth of the province of Antwerp is home to a few smaller isolated populations.To halt the spread, and reduce its impact on native biota, regional and localauthorities, ngo’s, conservation managers, a social economy company andscientists worked together in the cross-border EU co-funded Interreg projectInvexo (www.invexo.be). Attempts were undertaken to eradicate the smallerpopulations, using a variety of active trapping techniques. Research wasperformed into cost-effectiveness of double fyke nets. This catching gear isrelatively cheap, easy to handle and know has documented catchability forboth larval and adult stages, thereby offering some perspectives for integratedcontrol of populations. Management followed a holistic approach, integratingactive removal with habitat management by introduction of native predatoryfish, which has been shown to increase the general quality of the aquatic habitatsinvolved. Meanwhile, risk analysis was performed for bullfrog in Belgium inorder to underpin legislative action to prevent new incursions.",
author = "Tim Adriaens and Sander Devisscher and Gerald Louette",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
note = "null ; Conference date: 21-09-2015 Through 25-09-2015",
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TY - CONF

T1 - Bullfrog management in Flanders (north Belgium)

T2 - Are we aiming high enough?

AU - Adriaens, Tim

AU - Devisscher, Sander

AU - Louette, Gerald

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus is one of the world’s worst invasivespecies and suspected to cause substantial ecological damage around the globethrough predation, competition and pathogen transmission. The species hasbeen introduced in Flanders at the end of the 1990s. Since then the populationhas been expanding its distribution area, and now holds an area of occupancyof 17 km2. The largest stronghold is a (meta)population in a river valley wherea large reproducing population in a complex of several hundreds of - largelyprivate - ponds used for recreational fishing and gardening is present. Thenorth of the province of Antwerp is home to a few smaller isolated populations.To halt the spread, and reduce its impact on native biota, regional and localauthorities, ngo’s, conservation managers, a social economy company andscientists worked together in the cross-border EU co-funded Interreg projectInvexo (www.invexo.be). Attempts were undertaken to eradicate the smallerpopulations, using a variety of active trapping techniques. Research wasperformed into cost-effectiveness of double fyke nets. This catching gear isrelatively cheap, easy to handle and know has documented catchability forboth larval and adult stages, thereby offering some perspectives for integratedcontrol of populations. Management followed a holistic approach, integratingactive removal with habitat management by introduction of native predatoryfish, which has been shown to increase the general quality of the aquatic habitatsinvolved. Meanwhile, risk analysis was performed for bullfrog in Belgium inorder to underpin legislative action to prevent new incursions.

AB - American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus is one of the world’s worst invasivespecies and suspected to cause substantial ecological damage around the globethrough predation, competition and pathogen transmission. The species hasbeen introduced in Flanders at the end of the 1990s. Since then the populationhas been expanding its distribution area, and now holds an area of occupancyof 17 km2. The largest stronghold is a (meta)population in a river valley wherea large reproducing population in a complex of several hundreds of - largelyprivate - ponds used for recreational fishing and gardening is present. Thenorth of the province of Antwerp is home to a few smaller isolated populations.To halt the spread, and reduce its impact on native biota, regional and localauthorities, ngo’s, conservation managers, a social economy company andscientists worked together in the cross-border EU co-funded Interreg projectInvexo (www.invexo.be). Attempts were undertaken to eradicate the smallerpopulations, using a variety of active trapping techniques. Research wasperformed into cost-effectiveness of double fyke nets. This catching gear isrelatively cheap, easy to handle and know has documented catchability forboth larval and adult stages, thereby offering some perspectives for integratedcontrol of populations. Management followed a holistic approach, integratingactive removal with habitat management by introduction of native predatoryfish, which has been shown to increase the general quality of the aquatic habitatsinvolved. Meanwhile, risk analysis was performed for bullfrog in Belgium inorder to underpin legislative action to prevent new incursions.

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