Divers: Get Trained To Protect Local Waters
August 8, 2007
Are you a recreational diver? NH Sea Grant needs your help. A new program
developed by NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension is training volunteer
divers to identify and track invasive marine species. Divers interested
in volunteering are invited to attend a training session on Monday, Aug.
20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth.
Introduced species often become invasive, driving out native species
and threatening ecosystems. Once these unwanted species have become established
in a new habitat, they’re practically impossible to eradicate.
To prevent uninvited guests from becoming established, early detection
Now divers can help to find and track introduced marine species. Divers
will be trained to identify the top 10 “Most Wanted” invasive
species in New England waters. They’ll report on the presence and
location of those species, helping scientists by tracking the spread
of recent introductions and keeping an eye out for new invaders.
Divers interested in attending the training session should pre-register
with Mark Wiley, NH Sea Grant’s extension specialist in marine
education (603-749-1565; firstname.lastname@example.org).