(Please note: Some of these documents are not currently accessible. To request a Section 508 compliant copy please contact Susan Pasko, Executive Secretary, Designated Federal Officer)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Organizational Documents
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plans
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Reports to Congress
Aquatic Nuisance SpeciesLaws and Regulations
Aquatic Nuisance Species Interagency Documents
Other Federal Invasive Species Interagency Organizations
State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans
Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans:
Regional Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans:
National Aquatic Nuisance Species Outreach Campaigns
Aquatic Nuisance Species Databases
Prevention Guidance Documents
Developed by the Western Regional Panel, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force these adopted these protocols in 2021 as recommended procedures for watercraft inspection and decontamination.
Rapid Response Plans
Rapid Response Fund
The Model Process: Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species - outlines a and process for a pilot Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species. It defines circumstances and activities that qualify for funding and addresses eligibility of applicants, application process, evaluation criteria, expectations on desired outcomes, and the relationship of those activities to the National EDRR Framework.
Research Guidance Documents
Outreach Guidance Documents
National ANS Management and Control Plans
When the ANS Task Force determines that control of an aquatic nuisance species is warranted, recommended actions are organized into a comprehensive management plan that focuses on essential tasks designed to minimize the impact to areas where ANS have already invaded and prevent spread into additional habitats. Species management plans are developed through a cooperative process, with committee members from Federal and State agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry representatives, subject matter experts, and others. The plans also undergo review by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force members and regional panels, with opportunities for public review.
There are currently nine National Aquatic Nuisance Species Management and Control Plans approved by the ANS Task Force:
- Brown tree snake, approved June 1996
- Eurasian ruffe, approved November 1996.
- European green crab, approved November 2002; revision approved July 2023
- Mitten crabs, approved November 2003.
- Caulerpa species (an invasive algae), approved October 2005.
- Snakehead, approved November 2006, revision approved May 2015.
- New Zealand mudsnail, approved May 2007.
- Invasive carp (black carp, bighead carp, grass carp, and silver carp), approved November 2007.
- Lionfish, approved May 2015.