two people pulling something out of the oceanOSPR's Marine Invasive Species Program (MISP) began conducting field-based surveys in 2000 under mandate by the Ballast Water Management for Control of Nonindigenous Species Act of 1999.  The 2006 Coastal Ecosystem Protection Act removed the sunset date.

MISP's responsibilities include posting data from monitoring efforts on the internet, updating the data on an annual basis, and submitting a report to the Legislature detailing the results of the monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the MISP on a triennial basis. The triennial report requirement has been lifted since the link opens in new window2014 report (PDF).

MISP collaborates with the link opens in new tab or windowCalifornia State Lands Commission (CSLC) to regulate and minimize the introduction of Nonindigenous Species (NIS) into California by ocean-going vessels. MISP is partners with the link opens in new tab or windowSmithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to conduct biological surveys monitoring the coastal waters of California to determine the level of invasion by NIS; and link opens in new tab or windowSan Jose State University's Moss Landing Marine Labs (MLML) to conduct genetic analysis of NIS.

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Karen Bigham
Email: Karen.Bigham@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 445-4562

Last update : 1/23/2023 1:56:06 PM

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