Research

Large walls of invasive Hydrilla lining the Wacissa River.

Research supports all facets of aquatic nuisance species management, including prevention, monitoring, control and restoration.  Information and research is needed to quantify and clarify the effects that aquatic nuisance species are having on native species and habitat as well as to socio-economics and human health. Although much research has been conducted for some aquatic nuisance species, there are many species for which little is known. Increased knowledge of the biology, potential impacts, associated control methods, and interaction with climate change climate change
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and other major drivers of change will allow for the most effective management of aquatic nuisance species.  Research is also needed to move invasion ecology from a reactive to a predictive discipline and develop technological innovations to reduce the impacts of aquatic nuisance species. Below are key resources developed by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, its members, regional panels, or subcommittees to further research needs of aquatic nuisance species:

Guidance Documents:

Regional Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Priorities