Monitoring Methods & Data Sharing
Marine Introduced Species Monitoring Resource Center
Therefore, Salem Sound Coastwatch has been developing methods and protocols for monitoring marine invasive species along the New England coast, with the assistance of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. A Citizen's Guide to Monitoring Marine Invasive Species was written to provide the information necessary to become a member of a volunteer monitoring team or to initiate a marine invasive species monitoring program for citizen scientists and students, more information than can be included on this web site.
For a monitor’s volunteer time to be well spent, it is critical that the data collected be shared with the appropriate agencies, resource managers, and scientists. Learn more about how data is shared
GOALS OF Monitoring Efforts
Volunteers in training to monitor floating docks
This is a yearly survey of an entire ares (i.e. the whole dock or the entire area covered by cobble on a particular shore. It is to be conducted in August or September and only the presence of introduced species is recorded and photographed.