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Photo: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Presented by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location Alaska
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Settlement plates, camera, and tools to measure salinity and temperature. Settlement plates are provided.


Plate Watch


Track invasive tunicates and detect new invasions
Settlement plates are used to collect and survey tunicates.

Volunteers hang settlement plates off docks in Alaska for three to nine months. Each plate is then surveyed for invasive species and redeployed. The survey involves photographing the fouling species attached to the plate and collecting specimens of new or target species. Training is available and settlement plates are provided.




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