Invasive species are the second largest cause of extinction in the United States and negatively impact native populations of fish and wildlife. Invasive species are extremely difficult or impossible to remove once they are firmly established, making early detection and rapid response critical. KBNERR monitors saltwater areas for invasive species throughout Kachemak Bay. KBNERR works with their partners at Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to help prevent the spread of harmful invasive species.
- Read ADFG’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan
Non-native marine species are most commonly introduced in places with high human traffic, such as boats and harbors. Marine invaders hitchhike on infrastructure transported from these locations causing their spread. A few simple steps can help protect our Bay and ensure marine invaders do not take over:
- At a minimum, DRY by storing above high tide for 3 weeks.
- If possible, CLEAN (scrape or power wash) plants and animals from all equipment away from the water and dispose in the garbage at an upland site.
- DRAIN water from any reservoirs.
Clean, drain, and dry. Every time. Learn more about the Best Practices guidelines.
Issues in Kachemak Bay