National

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force - Western Regional Panel - Building Consensus in the West

The WRP’s Building Consensus in the West Workgroup was a multi-year process to facilitate an ongoing discussion among State ANS Coordinators and the National Park Service to produce science-based standard protocols and procedures for preventing the further spread of zebra and quagga mussels in the west via recreational watercraft, in tandem with the development of a legal framework for watercraft inspection and decontamination programs. The overarching purpose of BC, and the resulting actions and work products, was to achieve greater consistency among western state agencies implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination for zebra and quagga mussels both in management practices and with respect to legal parameters. The idealized target was to have common capabilities among and between managing entities to accomplish the overarching objectives of (1) achieving maximum resource protection against ZQM and other ANS, (2) providing optimal customer service to outdoor recreationists by gaining consistency in requirements across the west for the boating public, and (3) increasing efficiencies and effectiveness of ANS programs.

Although BC discussions took place in several forums and different venues over the years, the dialogue focused primarily on coordination and collaboration among states and NPS. Participants recognized the importance of other federal and state coordination and cooperation interests, as well as working with local governments, tribes, and private industry to achieve these broad objectives.

 

Much of the work conducted through Building Consensus was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Building Consensus in the West Workgroup Final Activity Report 2011–2019

 

Partners include:

Federal

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • National Park Service 

  • National Sea Grant Law Center

  • NOAA - National Sea Grant

State and Regional Entities

  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game

  • Arizona Game and Fish

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

  • Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

  • Idaho Department of Agriculture

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks

  • Nevada Department of Wildlife

  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

  • North Dakota Game and Fish Department

  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Academic Institutions

  • Oregon Sea Grant

  • Portland State University

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Canada

  • Alberta Environment & Parks

  • British Columbia Ministry of Environment

  • Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship

  • Canadian Federal Government/Fisheries and Oceans

Other

  • Invasive Species Action Network

National Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established by Executive Order (EO) 13112 to ensure that Federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient.
 

NISC members are the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies to provide high-level coordination on invasive species and is co-chaired by the Secretaries of CommerceAgriculture, and the Interior (see NISC Organizational Chart). EO 13112 defines invasive species as "…an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does, or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health". Only a small proportion of non-native species are invasive (See ISAC Definitions White Paper). NISC receives advice from and consults with the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a group of non-federal experts and stakeholders chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972.

Other Important NISC actions and duties include:

Additional information on invasive species and related topics is available at www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov, an information center maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library.

National Databases

List of dreissenid-infested water bodies (rivers and lakes) in the United States (updated August 10, 2017) (Excel spreadsheet)

National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (SERC)

Ballast Water: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

United States Geological Survey: Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Information Resource

Green Crab

Mitten Crab

New Zealand Mudsnail

Atlantic salmon

Hydrilla

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