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Both species are listed under the Global Invasive Species Database (Invasive Species Specialist Group, 2013), and are considered pest species within the UAE.
Some that have been identified, "could aggressively invade local marine environments and threaten native species," said John Chapman, an Oregon State University aquatic invasive species specialist.
Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), a specialist group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Leading experts like Dr Axel Moehrenschlager, Head of the Centre for Conservation Research at Calgary Zoological Society in Canada; Dr Peter Hollingsworth, Head of Genetics and Conservation at the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom; and Dr Piero Genovesi, Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Invasive Species Specialist Group and Senior Conservation Officer of the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in Italy participated in the workshop.
Arctic species specialist with WWF Canada, Pete Ewins, said: "It was only recently that people have figured out how to fit satellite radios to narwhals, so we know where they go and what they're eating.