Maine's Marine Invaders
Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant, Jeremy Miller, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Caroline Casals, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Representatives of the Maine Marine Invasive Species Collaborative (MMISCo) will begin this session by providing an update on the current status of various marine invasive species issues, research projects, and outreach and monitoring efforts in Maine. The research updates and outreach highlights will focus on projects related to European green crabs, the invasive red marine algae, Heterosiphonia japonica, and the Chinese mitten crab, as well as other species of concern. The monitoring updates will highlight recent activities of programs working around the state, including the Northeast regional Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) program, which is coordinated in Maine by Jeremy Miller at the Wells National Estuarine Research Research, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Vital Signs Program. Vital Signs is a citizen science program that works with teachers and their students across the State of Maine to monitor invasive species and the native species they impact. The group will then travel outdoors to a nearby MIMIC monitoring site, where the presenters will provide an overview of the MIMIC protocol for floating docks and piers, and inspect marine invasive and native species on an experimental settlement plate mounted to a lobster trap. Maine Sea Grant Associate Director, Beth Bisson, coordinates the MMISCo group, which includes members from nonprofit, university, and research institutions, and state and federal agency staff in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Other presenters will include Caroline Casals (GMRI) and Jeremy Miller (Wells NERR). For additional hands-on practice identifying marine invasive species, please join Bisson, Miller, and Casals earlier in the day, during the morning interactive sessions.