In many cases, once an aquatic invasive species (AIS) becomes established, eradication is impossible or cost-prohibitive. Consequently, the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan calls for the development of a rapid response protocol for the eradication of newly established AIS to address this challenge. Key components that have been developed to date include:
- AIS Reporting - Resources to streamline detection efforts and initiate a rapid response.
- Species Evaluation Questionnaire - A questionnaire developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to assess the impacts and manageability of AIS.
- Control Methods for Select Aquatic Nuisance Species - Methods from the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel designed to assist with the implementation of a rapid response.
- Monitoring Efforts - Details on efforts in Massachusetts to inform scientists and resource managers about AIS population dynamics and new introductions.
These components of a rapid response protocol are based on work by the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel. See the proceedings from the May 2003 workshop Rapid Response to Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Northeast: Developing an Early Detection and Eradication Protocol for more information.
View other Early Detection and Rapid Response Resources for Managers in the Northeast available at the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel website.