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Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Education
“In Massachusetts, we believe that by working together and maximizing limited resources we can stem the flow of species across our borders by educating the public and affected industries on the threat and impacts of these species.” - From the Massachusetts AIS Management Plan
The most economic and practical way to limit the impact of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Massachusetts is to prevent introductions in the first place. Education is a critical component of prevention because AIS are introduced both intentionally and unintentionally through a wide variety of sources. Fortunately, relatively small changes in individual and industry behavior can have big benefits in helping to prevent AIS introductions through each vector.
Read Defending Massachusetts Against Aquatic Invaders an article that appeared in the CZM magazine Coastlines (Summer 2002).
Learn more about our targeted education efforts for the following vectors:
Other education efforts include:
Conservation Commissions - CZM worked with the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) to develop a website on invasive plant species management. The MACC helps conservation commissions across the Commonwealth through education and outreach efforts. See the Invasive Plant Information and Resources for Massachusetts Conservation Commissions website.
Conferences/Workshops - CZM has participated in several workshops with local, regional, and national audiences, including:
Please contact us if you have any questions about the conferences/workshops, or would like more information.
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