Non-indigenous aquatic species are used by researchers and instructors for a wide variety of purposes. For the most part, species are maintained in the appropriate settings. To minimize the potential for aquatic invasive species (AIS) introductions, it is important to prevent the release of organisms used for research and education. Suppliers can help by requiring documentation for the use and handling practices of non-native species prior to shipping. Researchers and instructors can help by always using appropriate handling techniques in both the lab and field.
What you can do:
Prevention efforts for research, education, and supply include:
- Marine Resource Center Non-Indigenous Species Page - The Marine Biological Laboratory's policy for handling non-indigenous species.
- Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan - Includes a section on research and supply.
If you have specific questions about research/education supply and AIS, please contact us.