Aquatic invasive species cause tremendous harm to our environment, our economy, and our health. They can drive out and eat native plants and wildlife, spread diseases, and damage infrastructure. We work to protect our waterways and the communities that depend on them from the threat of invasive species.
What We Do
We safeguard waterways and communities from invasive species invasive species An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.
Learn more about invasive species by working with our partners and educating the public. Our regional coordinators work closely with the public and private sector partners and our network of conservation offices to conduct on-the-ground control projects and early detection surveillance and monitoring, and provide technical support. The Service also develops regulations to prohibit the importation and some transport of harmful species known as injurious wildlife and serves as a co-chair to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Invasive carp have taken the Mississippi River basin by storm since their escapement from farm ponds in the 1970s, where they were originally introduced to control vegetation and phytoplankton, and improve water quality.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and partners are empowering people to fight aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species can drive out and eat native plants and wildlife, spread diseases, and damage infrastructure. Many aquatic invasive species - including plants, fish, and mussels - can...
They're described as one of the biggest threats to Alaska's marine environment, and you've probably never heard of them. This year, they were found in the state for the first time. Ever. Say hello to the invasive green crab.
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program is proud to announce completion of the 2021Annual Report. The report includes links to regional stories as well as maps and other graphics that can be downloaded.
What’s Halloween without monsters? But not all monsters live under our beds or are the stars of horror movies. Some are real-life monsters found in America’s waterways. Though they’ll never be stars of slasher films or trick-or-treater costumes, monster fish can be terrifying but in some cases,...
The spread of four species of large carp—bighead, black, grass, and silver— threatens the Southeast’s renowned aquatic biodiversity and local outdoor economies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal and state partners are on the front line fighting Invasive carp in southeastern waters.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species starts with you. By taking a few simple steps you can protect our aquatic resources and ensure that these harmful species do not spread into new areas.
Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "moss balls," a plant product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores, garden centers, florist shops, and online retailers. Zebra mussels are regarded as one of the most destructive invasive species in North America and there is concern that live mussels...
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