November 6-7, 2013

Silver Spring, Maryland


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The ANSTF Meeting will be held at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration located at 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3, Room 4527, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

(NOTE: Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin to allow time to pass through security.)

Wednesday, November 6

8:00-8:30 AMRegistration
8:30-8:35 AMWelcome from Co-chairs/Housekeeping

(Peg Brady, NOAA Fisheries Strategic Planning Division Chief & Senior Policy Liaison to the NISC & ANSTF

Jeff Underwood, Deputy Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation)
8:35-8:40 AM(#1) Self Introductions (name and agency)
8:40-8:50 AM(#2) Adoption of Agenda/Approval of Minutes/Review of Previous Action Items 

2013 June Webinar ANSTF Meeting Summary

Action items from the June webinar

  • Lori Williams will organize a call later this summer to discuss the logistical challenges of NISAW

    and identify opportunities for moving forward.  (Session #10 )
  • John Darling will provide additional contact info for Brian Rapoli in EPA (who is leading the invasive

    species component of the Clean Boating Act).
  • Executive Secretary will send out a request for interested reviewers for the National Asian Carp

    Surveillance Plan soon. (Session #12)
  • Erica Jensen requested time at upcoming November 2013 ANSTF meeting to present information on

    the results of the funding discussion from the Duluth meeting.
  • Executive Secretary will convene a conference call regarding Regional Panel funding. (Session #18)
  • Update will be provided on the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Program at the fall 2013 ANSTF meeting.

    (Session #22)
  • Executive Secretary will send out a call for HACCP training in the D.C. Metro Area for the Fall of 2013.

    If you are interested in HACCP training opportunities, contact Susan Pasko.
  • Provide feedback, suggestions on how this conference/webinar went to Executive Secretary.
8:50-9:10 AM(#3) Discussion: Addressing AIS Issues at Federally-managed Water Bodies 

(Lori Williams, NISC)
9:10-9:20 AM(#4) Informational: Updates on Climate Change Report and Pathway Management Plan Guidance

(Stas Burgiel, NISC)
9:20-10:20 AM(#5) Decisional: Voluntary Approaches to Developing Semi-Green Boats

(Gabe Jabbour, Tonka Bay Marina/Larry Meddock, Water Sports Industry Association/TBA, State representative)

Decision - ANSTF members are willing to participate on a committee to develop recommendations for new designs,

retrofits, and new builds and to provide guidance for voluntarily implementation of these.

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
10:20-10:40 AMBREAK
10:40-11:00 AM(#6) Discussion: Status of Recreational and Water Garden Guidelines (including outreach possibilities)

(Laura Norcutt and Ann Haas, FWS)  

Engaging boaters, anglers, SCUBA divers, water-skiers, jet ski users, bait-collectors, waterfowl hunters,

seaplane pilots, and water gardeners in practices designed to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive

species is the best option for the environment and the economy. Experience shows that, once people are

aware of the stewardship role they can play, they become invested. The challenge is outreach. Organizations

closest to the issue help ensure the long-term well- being of wild places and the species that depend on them.

Focusing on examples around the country, this talk looks ahead to an initiative to publicize people power and

invite partners to share their successes as inspiration.
11:00-11:10 AM(#7) Informational: National Invasive Lionfish Prevention Plan

(James Ballard, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission)
11:10-11:35 AM(#8) Informational: QZAP Update

(Dave Britton, FWS/John Wullschleger, NPS

Elizabeth Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
11:35-11:55 AM(#9) Informational: Biocontrol Programs

11:30-11:40 USDA (TBA)

11:40-11:50 USACE (Al Cofrancesco, USACE)
11:55-12:05 PM(#10) Informational: National Invasive Species Awareness Week Update

(Lori Williams, NISC)
12:05-1:15 PMLUNCH
1:15-3:15 PM(#11) Informational: eDNA Session

(Bill Bolen, EPA)
3:15-3:35 PMBREAK
3:35-3:45 PM(#12) Informational: Asian Carp - Status of the Asian Carp Surveillance Plan Outside of the Great Lakes/Funding and

Implementation of Top 40 Prioritized National Asian Carp Plan Recommendations

(Craig Martin, FWS/TBA)
3:45-4:00 PM(#13) Decisional: National Snakehead Management and Control Plan

(Laura Norcutt, FWS)

Draft National Control and Management Plan forMembers of the Snakehead Family (Channidae)

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

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
4:00-4:15 PM(#14) Decisional: Classroom Guidelines

(Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant)

Decision - The ANSTF approves the Classroom Guidelines

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
4:15-4:25 PM(#15) Decisional: Arkansas ANS Management Plan

(Don MacLean, FWS)

Decision - The ANSTF approves the Arkansas ANS Management Plan

Yes   __________     No   __________   Additional Action   __________
4:25-4:30  PM(#16) Public Comment
4:30 PMAdjourn

Thursday, November 7

8:00-8:30 AMRegistration
8:30-9:00 AM(#17) Informational: Technical Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species

(David Wong, SUNY Oneonta)

The Technical Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species ( is composed of a team of experts

currently conducting research on different types of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). It offers sound science, innovative

technology and knowledge in control and 
management of ANS in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, marinas, and coastal areas.

It is designed to provide technical services including ANS early detection, prevention, control, and ecosystem restoration.

The ANS list includes pathogens, algae, vascular plants, zooplankton, invertebrates, fish, and bird. The center is situated in

the State University of New York at Oneonta’s Biological Field Station.
9:00-9:20 AM(#18) Discussion: Regional Panel Funding (TBA)
9:20-10:20 AM(#19) Informational: Panel Updates (10 min. each)

9:20-9:30  Mid-Atlantic Panel

9:30-9:40 Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel

9:40-9:50 Western Regional Panel

9:50-10:00 Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel

10:00-10:10 Northeast Aquatic Nuisance SpeciesRegional Panel

10:10-10:20 Great Lakes Panel
10:20-10:40 AMBREAK
10:40-11:10 AM(#20) Discussion: Regional Panel Recommendations

National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan
11:10-11:35  AM(#21) Report from the Ballast Water Workshop

(John Darling, EPA)
11:35-12:00  PM(#22) Informational: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Update

(Doug Grann, Wildlife Forever/Doug Jensen, MN Sea Grant)

Wildlife Forever (WF) signed an MOU with Director Dan Ashe a year ago to provide the operational lead of SAH!

Funding became available in April 2013 for WF to modernize the brand, develop social media and renew the

newsletter and website to build a strong and stable coalition. New tools developed for public outreach include:

new Protect Your Waters (PYW) e- newsletter; Partners In Action – Monthly Feature; SAH! Facebook; PYW Website

Upgrade and payment of past hosting; new Print Ads (Bobber, Hiker, Duck Hunter); Billboard Designs (Anglers,

Boaters and/or Waterfowl Hunters); PSAs featuring eight 30 sec. spots; DVDs including the new Silent Invaders

Television; release of the newInvaders of the Great Lakes pocket guide; plus Brochures, Signs, Banners and Bobber

Pins, etc.

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM partnership works. Together, Wildlife Forever, North American Media Group,

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, and local groups are successfully reaching recreational users at multiple levels and

using a variety of strategies. Recently, two watershed campaigns, at large and small scales, shows that strategic

communication and outreach featuring Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM can not only raise awareness among water

recreationists, but can change their behaviors aimed at preventing the spread of AIS. Assessments of these successful

efforts along with results of post-event evaluations from direct programming will be presented.
12:00-1:15 PMLUNCH
1:15-1:30 PM(#23) Discussion: FY13 Report to Congress and ANSTF Strategic Plan Reporting

(Susan Pasko, NOAA)…
1:30-2:00 PM(#24) Informational: Evaluating Harvest as a Tool

(Susan Pasko, NOAA/Jason Goldberg, FWS)

From lionfish to nutria, interest has grown in recent years in ways to encourage the public to harvest and use invasive

species as a way to control invasive populations. If used properly, such harvest represents a significant opportunity to

support ecosystem restoration and boost economic development and environmental awareness at the same time. However,

if used incorrectly, serious repercussions leading to further spread can occur. We will present recommendations that natural

resource managers can use to determine whether encouraging public consumption is advised for a species of interest, and

explore some of the mechanisms that are available for doing so.
2:00-4:00 PM(#25) Member Updates (ANSTF Members)
4:00-4:05 PM(#26) Plans for the Spring ANSTF Meeting
4:05-4:10 PM(#27) Public Comment
4:10-4:15 PM(#28) Meeting Summary
4:15 PMAdjourn