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These and other waterborne species recently have invaded the West Coast — and will be the subject of a search in local waters on Sept. 28.
The search and education effort is called the "Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz;" the host is the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus; and it is open to members of the public who would like to participate.
"The Bioblitz is a day of learning and fun; the goal is to engage and educate the public about invasive species that threaten Alaskan coastal waters," according to a UAS Ketchikan announcement. "Participants will learn about the targeted invasive species in the morning and then go out to look for them around Ketchikan."
The Bioblitz is a collaboration involving UAS Ketchikan, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center.
Participants will start with a pre-training workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center in Room 115 of the Robertson Building, 600 Stedman St. The workshop will consist of a lecture and "hands-on microscope work to help familiarize participants with the targeted marine invertebrates and similar native species," according to the UAS Ketchikan announcement.
After lunch, the volunteers will go to sites around the Ketchikan area from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to survey for invasive species. At 4 p.m., they’ll return to the UAS Ketchikan Robertson Building to share what they’ve found, according to UAS Ketchikan.
The effort is expected to help establish baseline data for future research, management of invasive species and conservation initiatives, according to the announcement.
Further information is available from UAS Ketchikan Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Donar, and Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Agent Gary Freitag in Ketchikan.