MIT Sea Grant
produces the Hitchhikers Guide to Exotic Species, a guide to spotting non-native invader species. Download
a copy in PDF format. Waterproof guides are also available here
The Massachusetts Bays Program
is a partnership of citizens, communities and government that strives to protect and enhance the coastal health and heritage of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays
The New England Aquarium's hotline for any stranded marine animal is (617) 973-5247
All reports of living or dead marine animals should be reported to the hotline #, which is manned 24/7. Land animals and marine birds should be reported to town/city animal control.
What to do
Northeast Seafood Watch
A program of Monterey Bay Aquarium designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.
NEW: Seafood watch by text message: text the word: "FISH" and the fish type to 30644 (normal text rates apply)
Stranding Volunteers Refresh Their Rescue Skills
The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Inc. and the New England Aquarium regularly conduct a joint workshop for mass stranding volunteers. There are usually two workshops planned, a workshop in September is for current volunteers to refresh their skills. This training assumes basic stranding response knowledge).
A workshop in October is a more basic training/refresher.
They will review mass stranding response skills, teach new techniques and protocols, and promote team building among volunteers and staff. We encourage all current volunteers to attend the September workshop.
Any new people from NEADC should bring their membership card along.
|Workshop Description: This workshop will be comprised of three sections: an introductory lecture, small breakout sessions focusing on specific aspects of response, and a mass stranding scenario in Salt Pond. The sessions' focus topics include: health assessment and clinical assisting, supportive care, and release procedures. We will also have a mass stranding debriefing and discussion session during lunch, so bring a bag lunch, your experiences, thoughts, and ideas! The stranding scenario portion will take place in and around Salt Pond, rain or shine, and will potentially involve volunteers getting in the water.
|What to Wear:
||Comfortable clothing- a section of the training may take place in the Aquarium's necropsy room.
|Workshop Description: The New England Aquarium Rescue Staff request your participation in our annual marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response workshop. The workshop is offered as a beginner and refresher training and will include beach health assessments, supportive care, live animal collection and transport, and Level - A data collection. If you attended last year’s training session, and are interested in a review, please feel free to attend. Breakfast food and refreshments provided.
If you would like more information on the program, email the environmental officer. or firstname.lastname@example.org