The Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) brings together volunteers and scientific experts from state, federal, and nonprofit organizations to monitor for marine invasive species along the New England coast. Since MIMIC began in 2006, hundreds of trained volunteers have searched for marine invasive species at more than 130 sites from Rhode Island to Maine.
Monitoring Guidance Document
The primary guidance document for MIMIC is Monitoring for Marine Invasive Species: Guidance and Protocols for Volunteer Monitoring Groups, which was published by CZM in 2011 and includes information on site selection, monitoring protocols, safety, and identification resources. (An update of this document is currently underway.)
CZM trains interested groups on using the monitoring protocol and helps coordinate the groups as part of MIMIC. Please contact us to learn more:
MIMIC’s iNaturalist Project Page
The MIMIC project page on iNaturalist records observations of native and invasive marine species found in coastal habitats including marinas and rocky intertidal areas. This page can be used by both MIMIC volunteers and the general public to view species that have been recorded and add their own observations.
The MIMIC monitoring program would not be possible without the many partners who recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers. Current MIMIC partners include the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park, Eight Towns and the Great Marsh, Gundalow Company, Harbor Watch, MassBays National Estuary Program, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, New England Aquarium, North South Rivers Watershed Association, Salem Sound Coastwatch, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.
CZM has generated a variety of resources on marine invasive species in New England, including:
- Identification Cards - To help detect and monitor marine invasive species, CZM funded the development of 23 species identification cards for marine invaders in New England. These cards were created by CZM and Salem Sound Coastwatch.
- MIMIC Story Map of Marine Invasive Monitoring Data - This story map provides photos and descriptions of species monitored by MIMIC, maps of where each species has been observed, and additional information.
- Flickr Photo Album - CZM’s collection of marine invasive species photos is available on Flickr.
- MIMIC Data on MORIS - View and download MIMIC data by year and species on CZM’s online mapping tool. MIMIC data layers are found in the Marine Invasive Species folder within the Biology folder.