The aquatic invasive species (AIS) Working Group strives to reach its goal of “implementing a coordinated approach to minimize the ecological and socio-economic impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species in the marine and freshwater environments of Massachusetts” (pg.2 Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan).
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) staffs and leads the AIS Working Group and partners include:
- Department of Conservation and Recreation - Lakes and Ponds Program
- Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant - Center for Coastal Resources
- Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
- Department of Agricultural Resources - Introduced Pests Outreach Project
- Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
- MassWildlife - Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
- Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Coast Guard - Aquatic Nuisance Species Page
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Geological Survey - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Program
The Battelle Corporation has also worked with the AIS Working Group.
For additional information and descriptions of many of these agencies and programs, please see the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan - Section II, Existing Authorities and Programs.
Also, please note that many of the links listed are for programs most related to AIS within a participating agency. For a list of the AIS Working Group Membership please see Appendix A of the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan.
Other important partners include: