About Coastal Resources:
|Thecacera pennigera is a sea
slug (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Originally found on the Atlantic coast
of Europe, it has spread to Africa and Asia and has now been spotted
as a new invader in New England. Its size ranges from 15mm to 30mm
long and is usually a spotted, brown and orange appearance. Photo
credit: D. Woods, A. Shepard, and C. Ranney
MIT Sea Grant Coastal Resources is committed
to disseminating scientific and technical information to those who value
the coast and its natural resources. This site highlights research, monitoring
programs, and management actions in the areas of marine bioinvasive species,
water and sediment quality, and habitats within the geographic areas of
Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, coastal Massachusetts and the Gulf
of Maine. The scientific level of review is indicated for all documents
and outreach materials.
POTENTIAL INVADER ALERT: CHINESE MITTEN CRAB
We need your help! The Chinese mitten crab (Eriochier sinensis) is native to East Asia where it is valued as food. It spends most of its life in fresh water and migrates to the sea to reproduce. It is the only crab in fresh water and is characterized by the fuzz on its claws. For more information and what to do if you see this crab, download our flyer.
The MITSG Coastal Resources publications are available electronically through the link above.
AND FRESH SEAFOOD: INTO THE PAN, NOT INTO THE WILD
The MIT Sea Grant educational pamphlet Live and Fresh Seafood: Into
the pan, not into the wild was developed to encourage people not
to release or dump live and fresh seafood and seafood waste products into
the wild. The pamphlet is available in English, Chinese, Khmer, Korean,
Spanish, and Vietnamese and copies can be downloaded from this website.
GUIDE TO EXOTIC SPECIES
The MIT Sea Grant Hitchhikers Guide to Exotic Species is
now available online! This field guide is printed on waterproof
paper for beachcombers, students and others, and contains color
photographs and information on several non-native species and a
few native species (for comparison). To obtain a copy of the guide,
find out how you can help us track the spread of these species,
and other information, go to the Hitchhikers
Invasive Species Sighting Submission Form
If you have seen a marine exotic (also known as non-native, invasive, and bioinvader), please report it via the "Hitchhiker's Guide to Exotic Species" link on the home page of our Marine Invader Tracking Information System. More information on marine invasive species can be found on our Marine Bioinvaders information page.
England Invasive Crabs Data
A New Citizen Scientist Initiative, coordinated by David Delaney of McGill
University, is producing data on invasive crab distributions along the
coast of New England. The link above contains information on the project
and maps of the data collected to date.
RAPID ASSESSMENT SURVEYS
The Rapid Assessment Surveys, in August 2000 and 2003 inspected sites
around New England for native and non-native species. An interactive map
is available, showing the sites that were surveyed, and where each species
was found. The map, along with more details on the project, and descriptions
of the species can be found through the link above. We have recently (03/2004)
updated our species lists and maps to include data from the 2003 survey,
and to reflect current taxonomic classifications.
The Sixth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions will be held in the fall of 2009. This website will be the location of new information as details become available.
For the Fifth International
Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, we have copies of the agenda and abstract booklet available through MIT Publications (http://web/mit.edu/seagrant/pubs/).
The International Conference on Biofouling & Ballast Water Management
will be held 5-7 February, 2008 in Goa, INDIA.
We welcome your comments and suggestions
as we continue to develop this site.