Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Report a Species

You can help!  Have you seen anything unusual?  Please report all aquatic invasive species locations.  An online sighting report tool, managed by the U.S. Geologic Survey in Gainesville, Florida, is available via the internet 24 hours a day.  The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database and its associated Alert System have been designed to track the spread of invasive species nationwide, allowing users to report sightings, automatically receive email alerts, and perform searches on aquatic invasive species.

  • To Report AIS Sightings - Visit the USGS Online Sighting Report Tool where a web-form allows users to submit biologic, geographic, and simple contact information as well as voucher photos.  Upon submission, information is sent via email to USGS NAS staff experts for verification.

  • To Sign Up for the Alert System - Visit the Alert System Registration Page to sign up for “State Watches”, “Taxonomic Group Watches” and/or specific “Species Watches”.


Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators

Through the Service’s AIS Program, one AIS Coordinator is funded in each Service Region. This dedicated group of people works closely with state invasive species coordinators, non-governmental groups, private landowners and many others in their day-to-day activities.
Find the Regional AIS Coordinator responsible for your state.

One of the premier activities that the AIS coordinators have worked on with public and private entities is the 100th Meridian Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by boats personal watercraft and other pathways. Boat inspections and assessments are conducted across the states west of the 100th Meridian. Through inspections and boaters assessments, partners can learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other AIS via transport of boats and personal watercraft. Often recreational users have unknowingly had their watercraft in zebra mussel-infested waters and haven’t washed it thoroughly enough to prevent a transfer of the small critters into an uninfested waterbody.

The AIS coordinators also organize cooperative sampling efforts with other Federal, State, and local agencies, universities, and public interest groups to track the distribution of AIS. AIS Coordinators author articles and provide interviews for national publications and news programs. They often attend boating and sportfishing shows, informing thousands of participants about the definition, biology, and impacts of AIS and what they can do to help prevent their spread.

Regional Contacts

Click on State or go to list of Regional Contacts.

map of united states with links to region covering each state Alaska Washington Idaho Montana Wyoming Nevada Utah New Mexico Oklahoma Kansas Nebraska South Dakota North Dakota Hawaii Arkansas Minnesota Wisconsin Michigan Indiana Mississippi Alabama Georgia South Carolina Maryland Maryland Delaware Delaware New Jersey New Jersey Pennsylvania Connecticut Connecticut Rhode Island Rhode Island Massachusetts Massachusetts Vermont Vermont New Hampshire New Hampshire Maine New Youk Oregon California Texas Iowa Missouri Louisiana Florida Tennessee North Carolina Kentucky West Virginia Ohio Virginia Illinois Colorado


Mailing Address for the Service’s Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mailstop FAC  3C016A
Fairfax, VA 22041-3803
FAX: 703-358-2110



Craig Martin – Branch Chief

Jason Goldberg

Don MacLean

Susan Jewell

Susan Pasko


Region 1 - Pacific Region
(CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, Pacific Islands)

Regional AIS Coordinator - Vacant

Western Washington AIS Coordinator
Carrie Cook-Tabor

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
510 Desmond Drive S.E., Suite 102
Lacey, WA  98503
360-753-9512           FAX: 360-753-9407

Hawaii and Pacific Islands AIS Coordinator
Joshua Fisher

Invasive Species Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office

Idaho AIS Coordinator
Bob Kibler

U.S. Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services - Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office
1387 South Vinnell Way, Room 368
Boise, ID USA  83709
208-378-5255           FAX: 208-378-5262



Region 2 - Southwest Region
(Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma)

Regional AIS Coordinator
David Britton

US Fish & Wildlife Service
Division of Fisheries, Region 2
Box 19498
University of Texas, Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019
817-272-3714          FAX: 817-272-2855


Region 3 - Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region
(Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin)

Regional AIS Coordinator
Michael Hoff

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fisheries Program
Norman Pointe II
5600 American Blvd. West
Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
612-713-5114         FAX: 612-713-5289

USFWS National Asian Carp Coordinator
Aaron Woldt
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Norman Pointe II
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
612-713-5110          FAX: 612 713-5289          Mobile: 612-619 2709

R3 Asian Carp and eDNA Coordinator
Kelly Baerwaldt
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
309-757-5800 (x208)         Cell: 309-429-1442

Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel Coordinator
Greg Conover 
9053 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
618-997-6869  (x18)         FAX: 618-997-9185



Region 4 - Southeast Region
(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands)

Regional AIS Coordinator
Timothy Strakosh
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1875 Century Blvd, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345

John Galvez
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
South Florida Fisheries Resource Office
1339 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
772-562-3909 x314         FAX: 772-562-4288


Region 5 - Northeast Region
(Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)

Regional AIS Coordinator
Sandra Keppner

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
1101 Casey Road
Basom, NY 14013
585-948-5445 (x2266)      FAX: 585-948-9538


Region 6 - Mountain-Prairie Region
(Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)

Regional AIS Coordinator
Joanne Grady

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 25486-DFC
Denver, CO 80228
303-236-4519      FAX: 303-236-8163


Region 7 - Alaska Region

Regional AIS Coordinator
Aaron E. Martin

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alaska Regional Office
1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 331
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-786-3510           FAX: 907-786-3848


Region 8 – California and Nevada Region
(California, Nevada)

Regional AIS Coordinator
Ron Smith

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Southwest Region
850 S. Guild Avenue, Suite 105
Lodi, CA 95240
209-334-2968 (x321)          FAX: 209-334-2171

Assistant Regional AIS Coordinator
Louanne McMartin

[Same address as Ron Smith above]
209-946-6400 (x342)          FAX: 209-946-6355


Last updated: August 16, 2016