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Fish and Invertebrate Identification Courses

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers two special classes for individuals who favor the refreshingly brisk New England waters. These programs are designed to introduce divers to the diversity of wildlife in the Gulf of Maine.

Fish ID

Fish ID

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn how to distinguish between a winter and summer flounder; learn about color variations in sea ravens; find out how cod, haddock and pollock are similar but different. Begin a personal life list of fish sightings - just as birders do for avian species. The course covers 53 species found from Maine to Connecticut, and teaches the roving survey method for participants who want to take part in the Great Annual Fish Count and Fish ID data collection program of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
COST: The course is offered free of charge
ON-LINE COURSE: A simplified version of the Fish ID course, with special reference to sanctuary species, is offered in the education section.

Invertebrate ID

Invert ID

COURSE DESCRIPTION: If you're interested in studying marine biodiversity, the study of invertebrates is key. A plethora of species from numerous phyla can be found in the Gulf of Maine. The sanctuary designed this course to give divers the opportunity to appreciate the wildlife they see during their New England dives. The course ranges far beyond the commonly known species of northern lobster, sea scallop and northern red anemone, and includes a special component on invasive species of concern. The sanctuary is working with the scientific community to train divers to recognize these invaders and to provide a front-line, early-warning network of underwater eyes.
COST: The course is offered free of charge
ON-LINE COURSE: A simplified version of the Invertebrate ID course, with special reference to sanctuary species, is offered in the education section.

 

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