Both detection and monitoring are elements of a successful rapid response protocol for aquatic invasive species (AIS). Coordinated detection and monitoring efforts help identify where and when AIS populations become established and how those populations change over time. Both require accurate species identification and information gathering.

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has been a leader in coordinating and developing resources for marine invasive species detection and monitoring. Efforts include training citizen groups to monitor for AIS along the coast. AIS detection and monitoring efforts developed by CZM and AIS Working Group partners include:

In addition to the information gathered with CZM's assistance, several AIS Working Group partners conduct regular surveys of plant and animal life in Massachusetts waters. Together, this information constructs a baseline knowledge of biodiversity in the Commonwealth. The wide variety of detection and monitoring efforts by citizens, government agencies, and academics across the state and region contributes to successful AIS management.