July 18-19, 2023

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Dates and Format

The ANS Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on July 18-19, 2023 - from 12pm to 4:30 pm ET.  The meeting will be 100% virtual through Microsoft Teams, with an audio only option for those without web access. This information, with instructions for participation, will be forthcoming.     


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July 18, 2023 (all times Eastern)

12:00 – 12:05Welcome & Housekeeping

Dave Miko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Deputy Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Debbie Lee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

12:05 – 12:15Introductions / Roll Call
12:15 – 12:20Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Status of Action Items
12:20 – 12:40USGS NAS Update: New Species Occurrences

Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey

12:40 – 1:00National Invasive Species Council Work Plan

Angela Mcmellen Brannigan, National Invasive Species Council

Prevention Session
1:00 – 1:20Prevention Subcommittee Progress Report

Wildland Fire Guidance Recommendation

1:20 – 1:40Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz

Ceci Weibert, Great Lakes Commission

1:40 – 2:20Data Driven Tools to Support AIS Management Decisions:

Part 1:  Development and stakeholder engagement

Part 2:  Adding complexity and future directions

Nichole Angell and Nick Phelps, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

2:20 – 2:35BREAK
2:35 – 3:00Stop the Spread:  Organisms in the Trade (OIT) Hitchhikers Work Group Progress Report and Discussion

Kristen Sommers U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Kerry Wixted, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

3:00 – 3:20Mitigating the Risks of Aquatic Invasive Species in Commerce to North America

Leah Elwell, Conservation Collaborations, LLC

Lisa DeBrucyckere, Creative Resource Strategies, LLC

Outreach Session
3:20 – 3:30Outreach Subcommittee Progress Report
3:30 – 3:50Science Storytelling through Podcasts

Bonnie Willison, Wisconsin Sea Grant

3:50 – 4:20AIS Commission Report Discussion
4:20 – 4:30Decisional: ANSTF Legislative Report Work Group
4:30Public Comment

July 19, 2023   (all times Eastern)

12:00 – 12:05Welcome
12:05 – 12:25

Developing a Recipe for Success:  When Can Public Harvest be Used To Successfully Control Invasive Species

Jason Goldberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

12:25 – 12:45Luxury Fashion's Role in the Management of High-Density, Established Invasions

Aarav Chavda, INVERSA Leathers
12:45 – 1:05InvaCost, a Database of the Economic Costs of Biological Invasions Worldwide

Dr. Anna Turbelin, Université Paris-Saclay
Control Session
1:05 – 1:15Control Subcommittee Progress Report
1:15 – 1:35European Green Crab Presentation (TBD)
1:35 – 1:50Decisional: European Green Crab Management Plan
1:50 – 2:10Northern Snakehead Control and Management Plan for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Andrew Furness, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2:10 – 2:25BREAK
Early Detection Rapid Response Session
2:25 – 2:35EDRR Subcommittee Progress Report
2:35 – 2:55America's most wanted:  Aggregating risk assessments to support early detection and rapid response to invasive plants and animals

Emily Dean, U.S. Geological Survey

2:55 – 3:15EDRR Framework Update
3:15 – 3:35Decisional: Model Process for a Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species
3:35 – 4:00Regional Panel Recommendations
4:00 – 4:20Meeting Summary
4:20 – 4:30Public Comment