May 4-6, 2011

Little Rock, Arkansas

Hilton Little Rock Metro Center

925 South University Ave

Little Rock, Arkansas 72204


The Mississippi River Basin Panel is hosting our next ANSTF meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, from May 4 through 6. We will meet for the entire day on the 4th, a very informative field trip will be provided on the 5th, and we will meet again for half of the day on the 6th. This will allow time for participants to return home on the afternoon of the 6th.


Tuesday evening workshop - All are invited to a workshop at the Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center on Tuesday evening (May 3). A bus will leave the hotel at 4:45 and again at 5:30 to transport participants from the hotel to the Nature Center. The Nature Center has been reserved from 5:00 - 7:00. During this time, we will have the opportunity to sample Asian carp and discuss the pros and cons of harvesting invasives. Press have been invited to attend the first part of this workshop. The bus will leave the Nature Center at 7:00 and again at 9:00 to return to the hotel.

Workshop Flier


The meeting will be held at the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center -- aka Hilton Little Rock Medical Center (new name). Phone : 501 - 664-5020 -- Room Block: US Fish & Wildlife Service -- Room Rate: $88.00

Cut off Date: April 18, 2011

Thursday Field Trip

Below is the schedule for the field trip, which should be both informative and enjoyable. Please wear comfortable clothing. Lunch is $10, which will be collected during registration on Wednesday morning.

Leaving at 8:00 AM from the Hilton:

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM Keo Fish Farms
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM Malone Fish Farm
  • 10:30 - 11:15 AM Travel to Bonner Farm (location of first snakehead sighting)
  • 11:15 – 12:15 PM Fish Fry for Lunch
  • 12:15 – 3:00 PM Tour of Snakehead Eradication Attempt area.
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM Return to Hilton


Tuesday, May 3

5:00-7:00 PMWorkshop on Harvesting AIS at the Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Note: Bus leaves the Hilton at 4:45 and 5:30 to drop off participates at the Nature Center.

The bus will depart from the Nature Center at 7:00 and 9:00 to bring participants back to the hotel.

Tuesday, May 4

7:45-8:15 AMRegistration
8:15-8:20 AMWelcome from Co-chairs/Housekeeping

(Bryan Arroyo, FWS/Peg Brady, NOAA)

8:20-8:35 AM(#1) Self Introductions (name and agency)
8:35-9:00 AM(#2) Adoption of Agenda/Approval of Minutes/Review of Previous Action Items 

Action Items from the Arlington, VA, meeting
  • Invite a FACA specialist to next meeting
  • Explore development of ANSTF database to track the ANSTF

    Strategic Plan accomplishments (to be discussed in #10)
  • Task Force members review performance elements and submit to

    Executive Secretary for consideration when revising the ANSTF

    Strategic Plan
  • Selected members research their agencies incident command system

    training capabilities and report at the next ANSTF meeting
  • Consult with NISC about viability of Pathways Working Group (to be discussed in #14)
  • Panels assess incident command system needs and report to ANSTF, if applicable
  • Restructure committees (see Tab #5)
9:00-9:25 AM(#3) Informational: Host Presentation: Arkansas ANS Issues and Management Plan Overview

(Mark Oliver, AGFC)
9:25-9:50 AM(#4)  Informational: MICRA AIS Activities

(Bobby Reed, MICRA Chairman
9:50-10:10 AM(#5)  Informational: Asian Carp Expansion and Management Actions

(Jason Goeckler, KS DWP)
10:10-10:30 AMBREAK
10:30-10:50 AM(#6) Informational: Asian Carp and Reservoirs – How to Assess the Threat? (

Duane Chapman, USGS)
10:50-11:10 AM(#7) Informational: Asian Carp Population Control in the Mississippi River Basin

(Ron Brooks, KY DFWR
11:10-11:30 AM(#8) Informational: Black Carp in the Mississippi River: A Status Update 

(Sam Finney, USFWS)
11:30-12:00 PM(#9) Informational: eDNA as a Tool for AIS Surveillance Monitoring

(Lindsay Chadderton, TNC/NDU)  
12:00-1:30 PMLUNCH
1:30-2:00 PM(#10) Decisional: ANSTF Strategic Plan

(Peg Brady, NOAA) 

FY 10 Accomplishments

Plans to update and track accomplishments

Recommendation: The ANSTF support development of an ad-hoc committee to update the Strategic Plan and

propose methods to track accomplishments.
2:00-2:15 PM(#11)  Decisional: ANSTF Award Discussion

(Paul Heimowitz, FWS)

Recommendation: The ANSTF support development of an ad-hoc committee to develop, implement and evaluate

a pilot annual awards program.
2:15-2:40 PM(#12) Discussion: National Ocean Policy Update and AIS Issues

(Bryan Arroyo, FWS/Peg Brady, NOAA)
2:40-3:10 PM(#13) Discussion: Incident Command System Training

(Bill Bolen, EPA)
3:10-3:30 PMBREAK
3:30-4:00 PM(#14) Discussion: Prevention Committee Update

(Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council)
4:00-4:30 PM(#15) Discussion: International AIS Issues

(Adrianna Muir, State)
4:30-4:35 PM(#16) Informational: QZAP Update

(Susan Mangin, FWS)
4:35-4:45 PM(#17) Informational: Recreational Guidelines Committee Update

(Susan Mangin, FWS)
4:45-4:55 PM(#17A) Informational: Summary of Top 40 Priorities for Science to Inform U.S. Conservation and Management


(Maria Boroja, APHIS)
4:55-5:00 PMPublic Comment
5:00 PMAdjourn

Thursday, May 5

Leaving at 8:00 AM from the Hilton: 

8:30 – 9:30 AM Keo Fish Farms

9:30 – 10:30 AM Malone Fish Farm

10:30 - 11:15 AM Travel to Bonner Farm (location of first snakehead sighting)

11:15 – 12:15 PM  Fish Fry for Lunch

12:15 – 3:00 PM Tour of Snakehead Eradication Attempt Area. 

3:00 – 5:00 PM Return to Hilton

Friday, May 6

7:45-8:00 AMRegistration
8:00-8:05 AMIntroductory Remarks/Housekeeping
8:05-8:35 AM(#18) Decisional: Proposed Development of Pet Industry BMPs

(Marshall Meyers/PIJAC and Mike Hoff/FWS)

Recommendation: The ANSTF approve establishment of an ad-hoc committee, chaired by Marshall Meyers and Mike Hoff,

to develop pet industry BMPs for later consideration of joint (ANSTF and PIJAC) adoption and dissemination to appropriate

8:35-9:35 AM(#19) Panel Updates and Recommendations  

8:35 – 8:45      Great Lakes Panel (Phil Moy, Wisconsin Sea Grant)  

8:45 – 8:55      Gulf and South Atlantic Panel (James Ballard, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission)

Recommendation: The ANSTF approve formation of an Invasive Lionfish Control Ad-hoc Committee.  

8:55 – 9:05      Northeast Panel (Nancy Balcom, Connecticut Sea Grant Extension Program

                          Meg Modley, Lake Champlain Basin Program)

9:05 – 9:15      Western Regional Panel (Karen McDowell, San Francisco Estuary Partnership) 

9:15 – 9:25      Mid-Atlantic Panel (Sarah Whitney, Pennsylvania Sea Grant)  

Recommendation: Create and support an ad-hoc committee to develop concrete recommendations

leading to vector intercept and management strategies that will work on state and watershed scales.

9:25 – 9:35      Mississippi River Basin Panel (Eileen Ryce, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)
9:35-9:45 AM(#20) Informational: Risk Analysis Working Group Update

(Cindy Kolar, USGS)
9:45-955 AM(#21) Informational: New Zealand Mud Snail Update

(Paul Heimowitz, FWS)
9:55-10:15 AMBREAK
10:15-10:25 AM(#22) Informational: NISAW Update

(Gordon Brown, Department of the Interior)
10:25-10:35 AM(#23) Informational: FY10 State/Interstate ANS Management Plan Annual Report and FY10 ANSTF Report to Congress

(Don MacLean, FWS/Susan Mangin, FWS)
10:35-11:50 AM(#24) Informational: Lacey Act Tiger Team Update

(Bryan Arroyo, FWS)
11:50-11:55 AMPublic Comment
11:55-12:00 PMMeeting Summary
12:00 PMAdjourn