The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) focuses primarily on prevention and education and rapid response to new introductions of aquatic invasive species (AIS), but the control of established species is also critical. Even after populations have become widespread, the long-term impacts posed by AIS can be reduced if efforts to control the species are successful. In general terms, control efforts work to restore lost economic and ecological conditions to the greatest extent possible.

Other control efforts and resources include:

Learn more about rapid response. A rapid response to the arrival of a non-native species in a new environment is the most effective means of minimizing the potential ecological and economic impacts associated with AIS.

Appendix C of the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan lists many grant programs applicable to AIS that may be useful when considering control options.

If you have specific questions about AIS control in Massachusetts, or are interested in controlling AIS in your area, please contact us.