Ecological Painting to Help Raise Awareness – by Laura Barbosa

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“Aquatic Invasion” was intended to raise awareness about the Issues of Invasive Species in our Waters.

Aquatic Invasion

This Work of Art includes such species as the Lionfish, Mitten Crab, Wolfish, Squirrel Fish, Asian Shore Crab, Red Japanese Alga, Moon Jellyfish, Nudibranches, Giant Squid, Snakeheads and Zebra Mussells. This is a Piece of Art that tells a story. Invasive species is a phrase with several definitions. The first definition expresses the phrase in terms of non-indigenous species (e.g. plants or animals) that adversely affect the habitats they invade economically, environmentally or ecologically. It has been used in this sense by government organizations as well as conservation groups such as the IUCN. The second definition broadens the boundaries to include both native and non-native species that heavily colonize a particular habitat. The third definition is an expansion of the first and defines an invasive species as a widespread non-indigenous species. This last definition is arguably too broad as not all non-indigenous species necessarily have an adverse effect on their adopted environment. An example of this broader use would include the claim that the common goldfish (Carassius auratus) is invasive. Although it is common outside its range globally, it almost never appears in harmful densities. Due to the ambiguity of its definition, the phrase invasive species is often criticized as an imprecise term within the field of ecology.

This information was obtained through Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasive_species

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