Red Swamp Crayfish

Outreach and education to protect ecosystems from harmful invaders

Plants and animals have adapted over centuries to the habitats and conditions where they originate. For nearly as long, humankind has been moving those organisms to new homes - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Not all introduced species are invasive - but when an introduced species is bigger, tougher, hungrier or faster-growing than others in its new home, it can crowd them out, disrupt established ecosystems and threaten human health and livelihoods.

Oregon Sea Grant works with many collaborators to teach audiences of all ages, from school children to recreational boaters to government entities - about aquatic invasive species and the risks they pose. We provide practical, research-based tools for public education and for identifying, reporting, controlling and mitigating marine invasions.

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