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Coastweeks | Monitoring Aquatic Invasive Species
September 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Come help Rhode Island monitoring efforts for aquatic invasive species by collecting specimens at the docks at Allen Harbor Marina with Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources manager.
New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay with several having negative impacts on the local environment.
“The problem is that invasive species take over critical habitat for native species,” said Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources manager. “The issue is habitat and the competition for food and space.”
Aquatic invasive species are marine plants and animals that are not in their natural, native environment and come from all over the world via ballast water in shipping vessels. Many invasive species found in Rhode Island are from as far as Europe and Asia.
Participants will get a hands-on educational experience and will walk away with a better understanding of native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island and their impacts on the local environment.
* Wear clothes and footwear that can be dirtied.