November 16-18, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Dates and Format

The ANS Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on November 16-18, 2021 - from 12pm to 4 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.    


Registering will allow us to make sure we have enough space on the call for everyone to participate. The contact information you provide will be used to send you the meeting invite and instructions on how to join.   

Please complete the form to Register.

Please refer to the Federal Register Notice for more details and registration information.

If you have any difficulty accessing the registration form, please contact Susan Pasko, ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (

Tuesday, November 16

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

David Hoskins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Debbie Lee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
8:20-8:35 AMIntroductions / Role Call
8:35-9:00 AMAdoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Status of Action Items
9:00-9:25 AMUSGS NAS Update: New Species Occurrences

Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey
9:25-9:50 AMBallast Water Management; Implementation of Vessel Incidental Discharge Act and Great Lakes and Lake Champlain

Invasive Species Program 

John Morris, U.S. Coast Guard

Jack Faulk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mark Minton, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 

Todd Nettesheim and Chris Korleski, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
9:50-10:10 AMNational Invasive Species Council Management 2022 Management Plan

Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
10:10-10:30 AMWildlife Forever Update

Dane Huinker and Amanda Preston, Wildlife Forever
10:30-10:50 AMBREAK
10:50-11:10 AMDecisional: Alabama State ANS Management Plan

Steve Rider, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
11:10-11:30 AMRegional Panel Recommendations
11:30-12:00 PMANS Task Force Bylaws Discussion  
12:00-1:30 PMCoordination Goal Updates and 2022 Work Plan
1:30-2:00 PMPublic Comment 

Wednesday, November 17

7:45-8:00 AMWelcome / Role Call 
8:00-8:05 AMPrevention Subcommittee Updates and 2022 Work Plan Decisional: Adoption of Watercraft Best

Management Practices
8:05-8:35 AMECOSTARTM : A Rating System for Nonnative Plants and Animals

Mike Hoff, Mississippi River Basin Panel 
8:35-9:35 AMGap Analysis for Invasive Species Pathways

Zoey Hendrickson, University of Florida
9:35-9:45 AMAquatic Plant Pathway Discussion

USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine
9:45-955 AMBREAK
9:55-10:15 AMOutreach Subcommittee Updates and 2022 Work Plan
10:15-10:25 AMMoss Ball Response: Communication

Gwen Bausmith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10:25-10:35 AMAquatic Invasive Species Message Frames and Metaphors

Tim Campbell, Wisconsin Sea Grant
11:50-11:55 AMPublic Comment

Thursday, November 18

7:45-8:00 AMWelcome / Role Call 
8:00-8:05 AMChamplain Canal Barrier Feasibility Study and the Eastward Expansion of Round Goby in Interior New York 

Scott George, U.S. Geological Survey

Meg Modley, Lake Champlain Basin Program 
8:05-8:35 AMEarly Detection Rapid Response Subcommittee Updates and 2022 Work Plan
8:35-9:35 AMNational Horizon Scan for Organisms in Trade

Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey
9:35-9:45 AMResearch Subcommittee Updates and 2022 Work Plan Decisional: Finalization of the National ANS

Research Priorities List
9:45-955 AMBREAK
9:55-10:15 AMControl Subcommittee Updates and 2022 Work Plan Decisional: Summary of Gaps in Control and

Restoration Measures
10:15-10:25 AMSpecies Management Plan Implementation

Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10:25-10:35 AMMeeting Summary
11:50-11:55 AMPublic Comment