Aquatic 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.

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(AIS) are non-native (exotic) organisms, which are detrimental to native ecosystems due to their explosive range expansions and competition for food and habitat. Non-native species introductions may be intentional (stocking) or unintentional (bait, boats, canals). The office coordinates the Northeast Region AIS Program, which includes three components: coordination/technical assistance, early detection/monitoring and prevention/education.  Within the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie watersheds, we conduct dedicated early detection and monitoring, control activities with partners, and work to prevent new introductions through dedicated outreach and awareness.

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The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.


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Habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation are some of the primary factors in the decline of native species. Various sources of pollution are also worsening water quality and habitat. We work with tribes, states, and other partners to identify population and management objectives, address the...