Marine Invasive Species
UPDATE: Over the last five
years, Invasive Tracers’ Citizen Science Initiative:
Marine Invasive Species Monitoring Organization (CSI:
MISMO) trained over 7,000 people that monitored over 60
sites in 7 states (New Jersey to Maine). To see what
CSI: MISMO has already done, please go the CSI: MISMO’s
site. To learn more about different marine
introduced species that we are looking for, please click
There, you can learn how to identify marine
invaders. Please become familiar with these species,
especially potential invaders! We all need to work to
together to monitor the coasts of North America! So
please learn what we are looking for and you could be
the one making the next important detection event, which
is vital for successful management of this species in
North American waters.
URGENT WARNING: Our least
wanted and most worrying species is the Chinese
mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) that
may be invading a place near you, right now! Please
memorize this information and picture and then scour the
rivers, lakes, estuaries and the coast to find it. It
has already established in San Francisco Bay and
recently been found in a few locations along the east
coast of North America. Thankfully it has only been
detected in low numbers, so it is not clear whether
those populations on the east coast of North America are
permanent. We all need to do our part and try to detect
and remove every Chinese mitten crab we can find in the
waters of North America.
information on the Chinese mitten crab, courtesy
of the SSCW (Salem Sound Coastwatch)
|If the crabs
can do it, anyone can!
Gulf Stream Newsletter from GOMMEA (Gulf of
Maine Marine Educators Association) for updates
on CSI MISMO.
Any day! It is best to sample once in the spring
and again in late summer.
on the coast, under a dock, or even on the bottom
of your boat for fouling organisms.
Time commitment: It takes
two days a year. Forced to go to the beach once a
year? Life is rough!! ;->
Any good CSI
detective is also a Sea Grant Super Sleuth! Click
to become one!
Most of the information that you
need are these two websites!