Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic Invasive Species provides leadership in preventing, managing, and mitigating the impacts of invasive species on ecosystem health.
Our long-term goal is to protect and restore healthy ecosystems in the states of California and Nevada by being accountable for providing decision support and guidance to our partners.
What is an Invasive Species
Invasive species are plant or animal species that are:
- not native to an ecosystem
- are capable of becoming established
- once establish can cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health
What is an Aquatic Invasive Species
An invasive species that lives at least part of its life in an aquatic environment.
Aquatic Invasive Species of Concern
The 100th Meridian Initiative is a cooperative effort between local, state, provincial, regional and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra/quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America. The lastest version of the Zap the Zebra brochure can be found at the 100th Meridan website.
Resource management work often creates open pathways that could spread invasive species to unique and critical habitats for already endangered species. Next to habitat loss, invasive species are resource management's biggest challenge.
Executive Order 13112, 1999 , directs agencies to prevent the spread of invasive species in their work but few management tools exist to implement this Directive. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) planning has been modified from the food industry for natural resource work.
Around the world industry uses the HACCP planning tool to remove product contamination. In natural resource pathways, hitchhiking species are considered contaminants. HACCP's comprehensive planning identifies these species and the risk of contamination while documenting the best management practices used to prevent and remove hitchhikers.
Link to national HACCP website: www.haccp-nrm.org