Ecology and management of the invasive snow crab (EISA): Predicting expansion, impacts and sustainability in the Arctic under climate change

Duration: 2019-2022

Funding: Norsk Insitutt for Vannforskning (NIVA), Norway

Coordinator: Dr. Paul E. Renauld

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Project summary

The snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) appeared in the eastern Barents Sea 22 years ago, and has since spread rapidly. In 2017 it was recorded outside Svalbard. By its dual nature as an invasive species and a potential commercial fisheries resource, the snow crab’s expansion in the Barents Sea has important ecological, economic and political implications, both nationally and internationally.

The EISA project aims to evaluate and predict changes in ecosystem structure and function in Arctic marine systems caused by the invasive snow crab.

EII roles

Geospatial data processing, Ecospace modelling support, logo design 😉