Large wall of Hydrilla.  Photo credit:  USFWS

Consistent with the requirements of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support and fulfill its mission by focusing on aquatic nuisance species issues through coordination with many other affected entities at the federal, regional, state, tribal, and local levels. The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force helps the Service to develop, approve, and implement the overall Aquatic Nuisance Species Program as well as its projects and activities. The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force is a focal point for information about aquatic nuisance species activities to prevent their introduction into and spread within North America, and efforts to control them. It encourages and facilitates cooperative efforts to address nationally significant aquatic nuisance species problems and concerns.

Management of  aquatic nuisance species is challenging; however, considerable success is being achieved. Prevention efforts, research and information exchange, new detection and eradication techniques, innovative control methodologies, and collaborative models are increasing our capacity to manage aquatic nuisance species.

To successfully address aquatic nuisance species issues, coordination is necessary among and between federal and state agencies, local governments, tribal entities, industry, non-governmental organizations, and other entities impacted by aquatic nuisance species.