May 24-26, 2022
Virtual Meeting

Meeting Dates and Format

The ANS Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on May 24-26, 2022 - 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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Tuesday, May 24 (all times Eastern)

12:00-12:05 PMWelcome & Housekeeping
Dave Miko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Debbie Lee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
12:10-12:10 PMIntroductions / Role Call
12:10-12:20 PMAdoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Status of Action Items
12:20-12:35 PMUSGS NAS Update: New Species Occurrences 
Wesley M. Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey
12:35-12:50 PMNational Invasive Species Council Work Plan 

Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council

12:50-1:05 PMDepartment of the Interior Initiatives
Hilary Smith, Department of the  Interior
1:05-1:45 PMU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Programs and Authorities
Jeremy Crossland, USACE
Christine Vanzomeren, USACE Engineer Research and Development Center
1:45-2:00 PMApproval of Revised Minnesota State ANS Management Plan
2:00-2:15 PMBREAK
Early Detection Rapid Response Session
2:15-2:30 PMEDRR Subcommittee Progress Report
2:30-3:30 PMEDRR Framework Discussion: 
Cindy Tam, U.S. Geological Survey
Craig Martin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Hilary Smith, The Department of the Interior
Outreach Session
3:30-3:40 PMOutreach Subcommittee Progress Report
Tim Campbell, Wisconsin Sea Grant
3:40-4:00 PM"Alien Language:  Reflections on the Rhetoric of Invasion Biology"
El Lower, Michigan Sea Grant
4:00 PMPublic Comment and Adjourn

Wednesday, May 25 (all times Eastern)

12:00 PMWelcome
Prevention Session
12:00-12:10 PMPrevention Subcommittee Progress Report
James Ballard, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
12:10-12:30 PMCall Before You Haul Program
Lisa DeBruyckere, Creative Resource Strategies, LLC
12:30-12:45 PMBallast Water Management; Implementation of Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
John Morris, U.S. Coast Guard
12:45-1:05 PMOverview of the third Great Lakes Briefs on Invasive Organisms in Commerce (GL BIOTIC) Biotic Symposium
Greg Hitzroth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
1:05-2:00 PMeCommerce and Invasive Species Discussion Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission
Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission
Tristan Carette-Meyers, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Heather Malone, U.S. Department of Agriculture
2:00-2:10 PMBREAK
Control Session
2:10-2:25 PMControl Subcommittee Progress Report and ANSTF Review of Decision-Making Process
2:25-2:45 PMEuropean Green Crab – West Coast Activities and Revised Plan
Ted Grosholz, University of California, Davis
2:45-3:05 PMImplementation of the Invasive Carp National Plan: Update and Population Assessment Approach
Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
3:05-3:30 PMAn ounce of prevention: addressing the potential expansion of Prussian Carp (Carassius gibelio)
Patrick Kočovský, U.S. Geological Survey
Research Session
3:30-3:40 PMResearch Subcommittee Progress Report
Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
3:40-4:00 PMNOAA's Climate Ecosystems and Fisheries Initiative:  Climate-Informed Advice for Resilience Resources and Community
Roger Griffis , NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service
4:00 PMPublic Comment and Adjourn

Thursday, May 26 (all times Eastern)

12:00-12:05 PMWelcome/Roll Call
Regional Panel Session
12:00-12:10 PMNortheast ANS Panel Progress Repoort
Ian Pfingsten, NEANS Chair
12:10-12:30 PMHydrilla on the Connecticut River
Ian Pfingsten, NEANS Chair
12:30-12:40 PMGreat Lakes ANS Panel Progress Report 
Eric Fischer, GLP Vice Chair
12:40-1:00 PMGreat Lakes Panel Risk Assessment Database
Ceci Weibert, Great Lakes Commission
1:00-1:10 PMMid-Atlantic ANS Panel Progress Report
Edna Stetzar, MAPAIS Chair
1:10-1:40 PMNutria Eradication and Chesapeake Bay Restoration: A task half complete
Followed by Panel Recommendation and Discussion

Jonathan McKnight, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
1:40-1:50 PMMississippi River Basin ANS Panel Progress Report
Eugene Braig, MRBP Chair
1:50-2:10 PMSupporting Invasive Carp Management and Control in the Mississippi River Basin
Greg Conover, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Duane Chapman, US Geological Survey
2:10-2:30 PMBREAK
2:30-2:40 PMGulf and South Atlantic ANS Panel Progress Report
Peter Kingsley-Smith, GSARP chair
2:40-3:00 PMOverview of the Southeastern Cooperative Fish Parasite and Disease Laboratory
Ash Bullard, Auburn University
3:00-3:10 PMWestern Regional Panel Progress Report
Leah Elwell, Invasive Species Action Network
3:10-3:40 PMRegional Panel Recommendations
3:40-4:00 PMMeeting Summary
4:00 PMPublic Comment and Adjourn