New England Marine Invaders Identification
Salem Sound Coastwatch has developed resources to help you identify 13 common marine invaders that are currently in New England. The following links describe the species physical characteristics, habitat preference, current distribution, ecological concerns, and similar species. These species have been selected because they can be identified by volunteer monitors who have been trained. If you are interested in having these 16 introduced species plus the 7 potential invaders as laminated ID Cards, go to Salem Sound Coastwatch's Coastal Habitat Invasives Monitoring Program webpage.
Monitors can help document the presence/absence, abundance, and distribution of introduced species. With this information, a rapid expansion of a biological invader may be detected. Once volunteers have been trained in identification, regional organizations, such as Salem Sound Coastwatch, will help volunteers determine where to focus their energies in useful monitoring efforts.
New England Invader Identification Cards
Photo - Niels Hobbs
Photo - Adriann Gittenberger