Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey.
We are currently monitoring these exotic pests as part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS). If you think you've discovered a pest not native to Rhode Island, and particularly if you suspect the pest to be the Asian Longhorned Beetle or the Emerald Ash Borer, please contact us to let us know.
Please Report Sightings of this Crab! (PDF | 105 KB)
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.
The Chinese Mitten Crab is native to East Asia, and is a potential invasive that could have negative ecological impacts. Mitten Crabs are already established invaders in Europe and on the West Coast of the United States. If you catch a mitten crab:
- Do not throw it back alive!
- Freeze the animal, keep it on ice, or preserve it in rubbing alcohol as a last resort
- Note the precise location and date where the animal was found; take a close up photo of the animal if possible.
- Report the sighting to CRMC at 401-783-3370 or the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at 401-874-6233.
Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants
Island Department of Environmental Management. Office of Water Resources.
You can take actions to prevent the further spread of AIS. It is essential for boaters and recreational users of lakes and ponds to be vigilant! Click here for tips on prevention.