https://doi.org/10.1177/194008291500800308

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Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

2015

Journal

TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE

Volume

8

Issue

3

First Page

711

Last Page

717

Abstract

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) present a potential risk for the transmission of invasive species. This is particularly the case for small, low-cost microROVs that can be easily transported among ecosystems and, if not properly cleaned and treated, may introduce novel species into new regions. Here we present a set of 5 best-practice guidelines to reduce the risk of marine invasive species introduction for microROV operators. These guidelines include: educating ROV users about the causes and potential harm of species invasion; visually inspecting ROVs prior to and at the conclusion of each dive; rinsing ROVs in sterile freshwater following each dive; washing ROVs in a mild bleach (or other sanitizing agent) solution before moving between discrete geographic regions or ecosystems; and minimizing transport between ecosystems. We also provide a checklist that microROV users can incorporate into their pre- and post-dive maintenance routine.

Keywords

microROV, invasive species, robots, conservation, OpenROV

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