Benthic Non Native Species Tool is now available! (https://openscience.cefas.co.uk/invasive_species/)
Many marine stakeholders need to assess NNS distribution, including offshore developers (biosecurity plans), government (for purposes of MSFD assessment in descriptor 2) and the public. The non-native species tool provides a simple, up-to-date means of assessing NNS distribution. Developed during JERICO-NEXT, the Benthic Non-Native Species (NNS) tool uses the R-shiny application. It allows users to map the distribution of 20 benthic non-native species across the UK seas, using data from 777 benthic surveys (33,198 samples) collected over a period of 47 years (1969 to 2016). These data are publicly available from the Cefas data Hub (https://doi.org/10.14466/CefasDataHub.34).