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Marine Introduced Species Monitoring Resource Center

Aquatic Invasions Special Issue:
Proceedings of the 2nd International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference,
October 2-4, 2007, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Published 16 January 2009
Papers from the International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference-II

Introduced Species in U.S. Coastal Waters.
Prepared for the PEW Commission by James Carlton 2001. PEW_Carlton2001.pdf

Excellent document covering marine bioinvasions, their significance, dispersal methods, prevention
and control management, and recommendations for action.

Economic Roots of Aquatic Invasions.
by Jenny A. Ericson. May 2005. F3005p30-33Ericson.pdf
Introduced species have a negative impact on economies , but at the same time the rapid expansion of global economies have increased the spread of nonindigenous species.

Resources to build MIS awareness for students and
the general public

1. Aquatic Introduced Species in Massachusetts -
developed by Jason Baker, Office of Coastal Zone Management. Mass_AIS_Plan_JBaker.pdf (2.48MB) may be used as an introduction to marine introduced species education as long as credit acknowlegement is made.

2. Invasive Tracers CIS MISMO -
developed by Dave Delaney and Dr. Anthony Ricciardi, McGill University. CISMISMO.ppt may be shown or copied as long as credit acknowledgement is made.

3. Maine’s Marine Invasion -
developed by Tracy Hart, Univ. of Maine, Maine Extension Team. for viewing only. MInvasion_MEseagrant05.pdf
CANNOT be changed or copied without permission.

4. Aquatic Invasive Species: The Need for Comprehesive Federal Action
July 28, 2005 HC-8, Dr. James T. Carlton, Williams College and Williams-Mystic, The Maritime Studies Program. Carlton_NAISA_ppt.pdf

Vectors: the Pathways to Spreading Non-indigenous Species
Around the World

1. VECTORS OF INVASIONS By Alien Species by James Carlton and Gregory Ruiz.
- "a brief abstract of selected key issues in the understanding and analysis of alien species vectors, derived in part from a book in preparation on Invasion Pathways, multiauthored under the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), and based upon a symposium held at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in November 1999 in Edgewater, Maryland USA. Also a summary of a slide presentation given at the Best Management Practices for Preventing and Controlling Invasive Alien Species in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2000 is provided."

2. Invasive Species : Vectors and Management Strategies
Book edited by G. Ruiz and J. Carlton. 2003. Island Press.

3. Ballast Water Informational Resouces

Particular to Massachusetts

Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

Invasive Species in Massachusetts

United States FEDERAL Response

Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force

A list of Federal agencies that have an interest in prevention, control and eradication of invasive species

Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act was passed on November 29, 1990, and subsequently amended by the National Invasive Species Act of 1996. For a summary of the NISA,

The purposes of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act are:
1) to prevent unintentional introduction and dispersal of nonindigenous species into waters of the United States through ballast water management and other requirements;
2) to coordinate federally conducted, funded or authorized research, prevention control, information dissemination and other activities regarding the zebra mussel and other aquatic nuisance species;
3) to develop and carry out environmentally sound control methods to prevent, monitor and control unintentional introductions of nonindigenous species from pathways other than ballast water exchange;
4) to understand and minimize economic and ecological impacts of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species that become established, including the zebra mussel; and
5) to establish a program of research and technology development and assistance to States in the management and removal of zebra mussels.

Marine Invaders in the Northeast: Rapid Assessment Survey of
Non-native and Native Marine Species of Floating Dock Communities
This publication reports the findings of a rapid assessment survey used to identify native, introduced, and cryptogenic species in fouling communities on floating docks and associated structures along the Northeastern U.S. coast from Portland, Maine through New York City and Staten Island. August 2003.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
THE MARINE INVASIONS RESEARCH LAB is a national and international center for research on biological invasions in coastal marine ecosystems.

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