One way the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) leads aquatic invasive species (AIS) detection and monitoring efforts is through the Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC). This network of community groups and citizens is a vital source of information for the Commonwealth. CZM trains interested groups to use a standardized monitoring protocol, and helps coordinate the groups as part of MIMIC. The data and information collected by MIMIC are stored in a single shared system that is maintained by MIT Sea Grant. You can get involved with one of the groups listed below, or you can contact us for more information.
MIMIC groups include:
- Boston Harbor Islands - National Park Service
- North and South Rivers Watershed Association
- Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
- Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
- Salem Sound Coastwatch
- Three Bays Preservation, Inc.
- Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Although CZM's efforts are focused on marine species, one of our partners, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, leads a freshwater plant monitoring program through the Lakes and Ponds Program.
Other AIS monitoring resources include:
- Species Identification - Download ID cards for existing and potential invaders!
- Reporting - When there is something strange ... who needs to know?
- Monitoring Protocol - The how-to guide for citizens monitoring for marine AIS.
- Data and Information Sharing - View the web site that tracks and provides information on AIS.