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Marine Invasive Species Program - Outreach

2018 California Invasive Species Action Week: June 2-10

The 5th annual California Invasive Species Action Week will be held June 2 through June 10, 2018. The goals of CISAW are to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources. The Marine Invasive Species Program is teaming up with the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to teach kids about marine invasive species on the West Coast, how they come to California, what can happen when they invade, and what you can do if you find an invader.

Come join the Marine Invasive Species Program staff at CDFW’s Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center to learn about invasive species and their impacts. Enjoy some invasive species activity sheets and coloring sheets, interactive displays showing how invasive species come to California, watch some invasive species educational videos, and check out our display of live and preserved invaders! Bring a bag lunch and have a picnic outside! The display will be at the Visitor Center Monday, June 4 through Friday June 8 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn about invasive species and ballast water while having fun! Download the link opens in new windowCaptain Copepod's Coloring Book (PDF).

CISAW Youth Art Contest: Help the California Invasive Species Program by creating your link opens in new window "Pledge to Not Spread! (PDF). Send them your illustrations showing what you could do to stop the spread of invasive species! For more information about the Youth Art Contest, check out the CDFW's Youth Art Contest page.




A voucher collection (Excel) of non-native species collected by MISP surveys consists of a few individuals (1-6) of each species in individual vials with pertinent metadata. These vouchers are available to taxonomists and legitimate scientists for further research, per approval by MISP staff. One complete collection is held at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and another collection is curated by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. For additional information about the voucher collection email

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Steve Foss
Phone: (916) 341-6958

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