Please list all co-authors as appropriate in this format: Jane Doe2, Joe Smith3, Linda Lee4
Please list the institutions of co-authors in the format provided: 2 Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, V5A 1S6, Burnaby, BC, Canada. 3. WWF Canada, 409 Granville Street, Suite 1588, V6C 1T2, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Abstract (up to 250 words)
Guidelines for research abstracts of oral presentations: please state the topic of your oral presentation and your research question; how your research was undertaken; what value are your findings and to whom will they be of use? Sample 247 word abstract: "A video of a snakehead in a pond in Burnaby (Vancouver) on YouTube created major public concern. The waterbody was also only one kilometer away from the Fraser River and with a small connecting stream, leading to a joint Provincial and Municipal Rapid Response. After an initial assessment it became clear that netting would be a feasible approach to removal. The likelihood of success was further increased by the ability to drain parts of the lake down to reduce depth and surface area. Intensive netting was able to remove one adult snakehead and found no other adults or juveniles. It also highlighted that this particular pond contained no native fish or amphibian species, but rather seems to have been a release spot for koi, carp, fathead minnows, bullheads, American bullfrogs and red-eared slider turtles over the years. DNA barcoding and classical taxonomic assessment identified the one adult snakehead removed as a blotched snakehead, Channa maculate, a tropical species. Further stable isotope analysis of that specimen, in comparison with other snakehead specimen obtained from food markets and aquarium stores determined that the fish was only a few month in the pond. This highlights the value of close collaboration of provincial and academic institution to extract the maximum amount of information from a single specimen. While dealing with media presence and public scrutiny throughout the rapid response was a challenge at times it also led to new legislation banning all snakeheads from possession, transport, trade and breeding in BC."