As indicated in the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species 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.
Read Defending Massachusetts Against Aquatic Invaders, an article that appeared on page 33 in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastlines magazine (Summer 2002) file size 4MB , for more on stopping the spread of AIS.
Learn more about targeted education efforts for the following sources of AIS introduction:
- Aquariums/Water Gardens
- Recreational Boating
- Bait Industry/Recreational Fishing
- Commercial Shipping
- Research/Education Supply
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:
- Implementing Rapid Response to Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Northeast: Key Components of a Successful Program - May 2005 - Workshop proceedings from the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.
- Rapid Response to Aquatic Species in the Northeast: Developing an Early Detection and Eradication Protocol - May 2003 - Workshop proceedings from the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.
- Citizens Monitoring for Marine Invasive Species: A Regional Approach to Covering the Coast - October 2006 - Workshop proceedings from the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.
- State of the Bays Symposium - May 2004 file size 7MB - Workshop proceedings from the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the conferences/workshops, or would like more information.