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MIMIC: Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative

Posted by | May 25, 2010 | Filed under: Program Reports

Marine InvasivesThe Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) is a network of trained volunteers, scientists, and state and federal workers who monitor marine invasive species along the Gulf of Maine. The collaborative provides an opportunity for the general public to actively participate in an invasive species early detection network, identify new invaders before they spread out of control, and help improve our understanding of the behavior of established invaders. More than 100 volunteers are monitoring 38 sites in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The four primary components of the MIMIC program are:

  1. Coordination
  2. Training
  3. Monitoring
  4. Information Transfer

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management coordinates the program and data are housed at MIT Sea Grant. The Wells Reserve offers training and guidance for volunteers monitoring Maine sites.

Monitoring marine invasive species is not only a fun and exciting learning opportunity, but a great community activity. Training for MIMIC monitoring is usually held once a year. To learn more or get involved, contact Jeremy Miller at 207-646-1555 ext 122.

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