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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Presented By Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Goal Track invasive tunicates and detect new invasions
Task Settlement plates are used to collect and survey tunicates.
Where Alaska

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.

How to Join

If you are interested in getting involved, contact the network coordinator, Linda McCann at

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Required Gear

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

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags AK, alaska, fouling species, invasive species, marine invertebrate, Tunicate
Project Updated 04/11/2017