Environmental Article

Picture of a large cargo ship transiting the Panama Canal, Panama

Panama Canal: Superhighway for Invasive Species

Once the newest expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2016, the new dimensions of the waterway will be able to accommodate much larger ships and researchers predict that ports along the Gulf and East Coast will now deal with 25 percent of the ship traffic that goes to the West Coast. Unfortunately, scientists fear that accompanying these large ships on their voyage will be more invasive species to these areas such as the zebra muscle and Asian shore crab. Because of this increased risk, new regulations must be put in place to prevent the threat of invasive organisms.

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