Ocean research: The tiny hitchhiker’s guide to San Francisco Bay


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Global shipping traffic in and out of San Francisco Bay continues, which means a higher risk of introducing more invasive species.

In 1849, the Gold Rush brought over 700 ships carrying fortune-seeking gold miners to the San Francisco Bay Area looking to “strike it rich.” Little did they know that historical events like this, and a boom in the maritime industry, would bring an influx of vessels carrying tiny aquatic hitchhikers. Today, after a century and a half of maritime industry, San Francisco Bay is now home to more invasive species than any estuary in the world.

Read the SF Examiner story HERE.