June 28 - 30, 2021 (All times EDT)
Virtual Meeting

Meeting Dates and Format
The ANS Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on June 28-20, 2021 - Virtual Meeting, from 12 pm to 4 pm ET each day.   The virtual meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams, with a separate audio-only option.  

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Please complete the form to Register.

If you have any difficulty accessing the registration form, please contact Susan Pasko, ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (

Please refer to the Federal Register Notice for more details and registration information.

Monday, June 28

12:00-12:05 PM Welcome & Housekeeping
David Hoskins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Debbie Lee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
12:05-12:15 PM Introductions / Role Call
12:15-12:25 PM Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Status of Action Items
12:25-12:40 PM U.S. Geological Survey  – Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database
Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey
12:40-12:55 PM Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: Invasive Species Committee Update
Kim Bogenschutz, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
12:55-1:05 PM National Invasive Species Council Update
Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
1:05-1:20 PM Department of the Interior Update
Hilary Smith, Department of the  Interior
1:20-1:30 PM Implementation of the National Plan for Invasive carp - What's next?
Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1:30-1:50 PM North American Invasive Species Management Association
Belle Bergner, North American Invasive Species Management Association
1:50-2:05 PM BREAK
2:05-2:25 PM U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) Overview
Joyce Bolton, U.S. Department of Agriculture
2:25-3:15 PM ANS Task Force Bylaws Discussion
3:15-3:50 PM Regional Panel Recommendations
3:50-4:00 PM Public Comment

Tuesday, June 29

12:00-12:05 PM Welcome / Role Call
12:05-12:35 PM Prevention Subcommittee 2021 Work Plan Progress and Discussion
12:35-12:55 PM ANS Transport on Purchased Watercraft
Tom Woolf, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
12:55-1:15 PM Decisional: Adoption of  Watercraft Best Management Practices
Robert Walters, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
1:15-2:00 PM Ballast Water Management; Implementation of Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
John Morris, U.S. Coast Guard
Jack Faulk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Meg Modley Gilbertson, Lake Champlain Basin Program
2:00-2:15 PM BREAK
2:15-2:50 PM Early Detection Rapid Response Subcommittee 2021 Work Plan Progress and Discussion
2:50-3:50 PM Rapid Response Discussion
  • Northeast Rapid Assessment Survey (Judy Pederson, MIT Sea Grant College Program)
  • National Moss Ball / Zebra Mussel Response (Craig Martin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • West Coast Caulerpa Response (Chris Potter, California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
3:50-4:00 PM Public Comment

Wednesday, June 30

12:00-12:05 PM Welcome / Role Call
12:00-12:45 PM Control Subcommittee 2021 Work Plan Progress and Discussion
  • Decisional: Species Management Plan Assessment
  • Decisional: Species Management Plan Guidance
12:45-1:25 PM Applications of ANS Control Tools
  • Current Applications of Genetic Tools to Aquatic Nuisance and Invasive Species in South Carolina
    (Tanya Darden, SCDNR Marine Resources Research Institute)
  • (Ted Grosholz, University of California–Davis and Stephanie Green, University of Alberta)
1:25-2:05 PM Research Subcommittee 2021 Work Plan Progress and Discussion
  • Decisional: National ANS Research Priorities List
2:05-2:20 PM BREAK
2:20-3:10 PM Outreach Subcommittee 2021 Work Plan Progress and Discussion
3:10-3:30 PM ANS Outreach Campaign Survey Results
Monica McGarrity, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
3:30-3:50 PM Meeting Summary
3:50-4:00 PM Public Comment