Group Arrival Date: May 06, 2014

Group Departure Date: May 09, 2014

Group Cut-off Date: April 11, 2014

If you want to arrive earlier or stay later than the dates blocked for the group, you need to contact the hotel directly and they will be happy to assist you. You can call the hotel in-house reservation department @703-243-9808 ext. 7107 or to avoid booking at higher or non-refundable rates.

Please click here: USFWS ANSTF

Meeting Instructions for this link are as follows:

  • Double-click on the link and it will take you to our reservations webpage
  • Select your date of arrival and number of nights

* Please note that if your arrival or departure dates are different than the dates of the group, you will not be able to make a reservation online, and will need to give us a call on the numbers below

  • Click on "Check Availability"
  • It will give you room choices available within the block
  • Proceed with reservations

If you experience any problems with the direct group booking link, there is another way to book your rooms within the group block, as follows:

  • Visit the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston website:
  • Enter the dates when you would like to check-in and check-out
    • Enter the group code (UC9) in the Group Code field

This allows you to easily secure the group room reservations online, take advantage of the special rate, and be identified as part of the ANSTF.

The hotel is within short walking distance of the meeting room at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Ballston Station for the Metro Rail system. Access to everything you may need can be reached via the Metro.


The ANSTF Meeting will be held at:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Room 530

4401 North Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22203

Wednesday, May 7

9:00-9:30 AMRegistration
9:30-9:40 AMWelcome from Co-chairs/Housekeeping

(David Hoskins, Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Dr. Mark Schaefer, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation & Management & NOAA Deputy Administrator

Peg Brady, Senior Policy Liaison to the NISC & ANSTF)
9:40-9:45 AM(#1) Self Introductions (name and agency)
9:45-9:55 AM(#2) Adoption of Agenda/Approval of Minutes/Review of Previous Action Items

Action items from the November 2013 meeting:
  • Executive Secretary will follow-up with Brian Goodwin (American Boat and Yacht Council) about establishing

    a committee to address recommendations for reducing the spread of AIS through boats. She will notify the ANSTF

    members of any opportunities to volunteer for this committee.
  • Executive Secretary will email ANSTF members to remind all of the opportunity to volunteer for the Outreach Committee

    and NISAW Planning Committee.
  • Executive Secretary will send ANSTF members the membership list for the Invasive Species Caucus. (Completed)
  • Bill Bolen will provide an eDNA toolkit.
  • Executive Secretary will contact panels for funding information followed up by a conference call.
  • Presentations from the fracking industry will be sought for the Spring ANSTF meeting.
  • FWS will work with Wildlife Forever to improve communications on Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!)
  • NOAA will follow-up with the WRP on a Pacific states tunicate workshop.
  • Ballast Water Workshop Report will be disseminated to the ANSTF for review.
  • The co-chairs will provide guidance to the ANSTF members and panels for their input for the Report to Congress.
  • Provide Brian Goodwin with Colorado's inspection and decontamination manuals.
9:55-10:55 AM(#3) Discussion: FY14 ANSTF Budget Overview

(David Hoskins, FWS) 
10:55-11:10 AMBREAK
11:10-11:40 AM(#4) Informational: QZAP Update

(Dave Britton, FWS/John Wullschleger, NPS/ Elizabeth Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Tom McMahon, Arizona Game & Fish)
11:40-12:00 PM(#5) Discussion: Inspection and Decontamination Model Legislation for States

(Elizabeth Brown, CO Parks and Wildlife/Tom McMahon, Arizona Game & Fish)
12:00-1:15 PMLUNCH
1:15-1:30 PM(#6) Informational: Addressing AIS Issues at Federally-managed Water Bodies

(Lori Williams, NISC/Craig Martin, FWS)
1:30-1:40 PM(#7) Informational: Legislative Update

(Craig Martin, FWS/Lori Williams, NISC)
1:40-2:00 PM(#8) Discussion: Status of Recreational, Water Garden and Classroom Guidelines and Outreach Committee Update

(Laura Norcutt, FWS)
2:00-2:10 PM(#9) Informational: Research on Ballast Tank Filters

(Elizabeth Brown, CO Parks and Wildlife)
2:10-2:30 PM(#10) Informational: Emergency Treatment of Marine Vessel Ballast Water

(Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park Superintendent via Webinar)
2:30-2:50 PM(#11) Discussion: Wake boats as a novel source of AIS transfer: Potential for spread, possible solutions

(Tim Campbell, Wisconsin Sea Grant)
2:50-3:05 PMBREAK
3:05-3:25 PM(#12) Discussion: Boat Construction in Consideration of AIS

(Brian Goodwin, ABYC)
3:25-3:45 PM(#13) Informational: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Update

(Pat Conzemius, Wildlife Forever via Webinar)
3:45-3:55 PM(#14) Decisional: ANSTF Involvement with National Invasive Species Awareness Week

(Lori Williams, NISC)

Decision - The ANSTF agrees to participate during NISAW.

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
3:55-4:15 PM(#15) Informational: Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Study

(Dave Wethington P.E., GLMRIS CAWS Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chicago District)
4:15-4:45 PM(#16) Informational: Next steps in preventing Asian carp and AIS moving through the Chicago Area Waterway System

(Bill Bolen, U.S. EPA and Erika Jensen, Great Lake Commission)
4:45-4:50 PM(#17) Informational: eDNA Information Clearinghouse Website

(Bill Bolen, U.S. EPA/Kelly Baerwaldt, FWS via teleconference)

Decision - The ANSTF agrees to develop an eDNA information clearinghouse on the ANSTF website.

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
4:50-4:55  PMPublic Comment
4:55 PMAdjourn

Thursday, May 8

8:30-10:00 AM(#18) Informational: Member Updates (5 min. each)
10:00-10:15 AM(#19) Decisional: Approval of Revisions to the Lake Tahoe AIS Management Plan

(Dennis M. Zabaglo, Lake Tahoe AIS & Watercraft Programs Coordinator)

Decision - The ANSTF approves the revised Tahoe ANS Management Plan.

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
10:15-10:35 AMBREAK
10:35-10:55 AM(#20) Informational: Implementation of Invasive Species efforts for National Arctic Strategy

(Presenting: Phillip Andreozzi, NISC/Peg Brady, NOAA,)
10:55-11:15 AM(#21) Informational: Updates on Climate Change Report and Pathway Management Plan Guidance

(Stas Burgiel, NISC)
11:15-11:30 AM(#22) Informational: Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas Development as an AIS Pathway

(H. Jason Harmon, PhD, West Virginia DEP via teleconference)
11:30-11:45 AM(#23) Discussion: Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas Development as an AIS Pathway
11:45-11:50 AM(#24) Informational: Tunicate Workshop

(Peg Brady, NOAA)
11:50-1:10 PMLUNCH
1:10-1:30 PM(#25) Decisional: Snakehead Management and Control Plan

(Laura Norcutt, FWS)

Decision - The ANSTF approves the Snakehead Management and Control Plan.

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
1:30-1:40 PM(#26) Informational: National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan

(James Ballard, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission)
1:40-2:00 PM(#27) Discussion: NOAA Habitat Focus Areas

(Dan Farrow, NOAA Fisheries)
2:00-2:20 PM(#28) Informational: Invasive Catfish in the Chesapeake Bay

(Bruce Vogt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office)
2:20-2:35 PM(#29) Informational: Ballast Water Research

(John Darling, EPA via teleconference)
2:35-2:45 PM(#30) Discussion: ANSTF Report to Congress

(Susan Pasko, NOAA)
2:45-3:00 PMBREAK
3:00-4:00 PM(#31) Informational: Panel Updates (10 min. each)

3:00-3:10 Great Lakes Panel

3:10-3:20 Northeast Regional Panel

3:20-3:30 Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel

3:30-3:40 Western Regional Panel

3:40-3:50 Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel

3:50-4:00 Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel
4:00-4:30 PM(#32) Decisional:  Regional Panel Recommendations

Western Regional Panel recommendations:
  1. Panel funding: Provide increased support to the panel(s).
  2. QZAP support: Provide funding to support highest priority implementation components of QZAP.
  3. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: Ensure Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! continues to receive funding and engage

    in evaluation of national brand consistency and efficacy.
  4. Invasive tunicates: Solidify fiscal and in-kind support of a Pacific states tunicate workshop to identify

    management and research needs across the region.
  5. Biocontrol research: Reinstate funding to support USDA and USACE biocontrol research on aquatic weeds.
  6. Green Boats: Discuss the status of assembling an ANSTF committee with manufacturers and other interested

    parties to address boat manufacturing options related to AIS.
  7. Find interested and capable members to fill vacant federal agencies positions: Several agency membership

    positions are currently vacant within the WRP. Assistance in determining appropriate contact persons or members

    is needed.

Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel Recommendations:

  1. The GSARP recommends that the ANSTF explore the possibility of listing all species of lionfish in the genera

    Pterois, Parapterois, and Dendrochirus as injurious under the Lacey Act
4:30-4:35 PM(#33) Public Comment
4:35-4:45  PM(#34) Meeting Summary

(Laura Norcutt, FWS)
4:45 PMAdjourn