Within the framework of the ANR project: “PAVIS: Assessing the relationships between marine protected areas and invasive species”, Sylvaine Giakoumi (PI of the project) collaborated with the comic artist Noot (http://pencilpixel.be) to produce an e-comic about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and invasive fishes. The main objective of PAVIS was to 1) provide evidence on whether the restoration of high-level fish predator populations within Mediterranean MPAs can trigger a top-down control on invasive alien fishes, and 2) identify and prioritize management actions for the control of invasive species. The main findings of PAVIS suggest that MPAs alone are unlikely to control invasive fish populations and thus, additional management measures should be taken within MPAs and unprotected areas, such as the targeted removal of invasive fish for consumption or other uses. Another very important management action, identified by expert scientists who collaborated within the framework of PAVIS, is education and raising public awareness about biological invasions and their impacts on native species and communities. Our comic "PAVIS FISHTALES" contributes towards that direction. Enjoy!
(Tip: Pavis is a large shield of the late 14th through the early 16th centuries, often covering the entire body).