Control of marine invasive species with MedMIS
MedMIS is an online information system for monitoring invasive non-native species in MPAs. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of both MPAs and the Mediterranean Sea.
Source: Web IUCN-MedMIS / Image: Nhobgood CC BY-SA 3.0
Download: Android 4.0 (6MB) / iOS 8.0 (20MB) / web
Language: English / French / Spanish
Runs offline: no
Last update: Android 26/07/2016 (v. 2.7) – iOS 22/07/2016 (v. 1.3)
Website of the developer: Geographica / UICN
Notes: article updated on 30/07/2016
MedMIS is an application designed to gather sightings of marine invasive species or invasive alien species (IAS) in the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean created in 1990 within the framework of the Conference of Monaco, as stated in the web of MedPAN.
The application is especially directed to divers, marine technicians, MPA managers and scientists.
To add sightings, you must first register as a user (top right of the interface, “Login – Register”). When you find a specimen labeled as IAS, start the session with your user and password, click on “Add sighting” and fill the form. Before the final publication, the sighting is reviewed by a team of experts.
The application is particularly noted for the complete data sheets which includes (access from option “Guide”) and which cover aspects such as keys for identification, habitat, reproduction, similar species, impact generated, route of introduction, etc.
Images: Screenshot 10/07/2015 ©UICN Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo-MedMIS
MedMIS is a complete application for registration of sightings of marine invasive species (algae, angiosperms, ascidians, cnidarians, crustaceans, combjellies, molluscs and fish) that offers a wealth of information fully translated to Spanish and French. A lack of proper photographs, the data sheets have illustrations that facilitate the identification of the different species. The only thing that should be noted as negative is the need for internet connection to function. Another small problem to solve, at least in the version for Android proven, is the inability to read the comments on the appointments made.