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Decision Support Tools

Covers risk assessments, ranking systems, and other decision-making tools for invasive aquatic species. See Manager's Tool Kit - Decision Support Tools for general resources and other species.

A Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to Support the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
DOC. NOAA. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.
New NOAA Report Offers In-depth Look at Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Life, Ecosystems (May 21, 2009) -- includes a section on Nonindigenous and Invasive Species (PDF | 1 MB)

A Model Comprehensive State Management Plan for the Prevention and Control of Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Species (Jan 1996; PDF | 83 KB)
Great Lakes Commission.
Approved by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

An Integrated Assessment of the Introduction of Lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) to the Western Atlantic Ocean (Hare, J.A., and Whitfield, P.E., 2003; PDF | 407 KB)
DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Aquatic Invasive Species Vector Risk Assessments
California Ocean Science Trust.

Asian Carp Management - Risk Assessments

Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters (Jan 2009; PDF | 777 KB)
California State Lands Commission. Marine Facilities Division.
Produced for the California State Legislature.
This report summarizes the Commission’s conclusions on the advancement of ballast water treatment technology development and evaluation during 2008, discusses future plans of the Commission’s Marine Invasive Species Program regarding the implementation of California's performance standards for the discharge of ballast water, and makes recommendations to the Legislature.

Assessing the Global Threat of Invasive Species to Marine Biodiversity (2008)
Nature Conservancy. ConserveOnline.
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2008; 6(9): 485-492.
A global review of marine invasive species; where they are, how they are being introduced, and which ones are most harmful.

Binational Ecological Risk Assessment of Bigheaded Carps (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) for the Great Lakes Basin (Science Advisory Report - 2011/071) and Binational Ecological Risk Assessment of Bigheaded Carps (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) for the Great Lakes Basin (Research Document - 2011/114)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Bigheaded carps (Bighead and Silver carps) are considered a potential threat to the Great Lakes basin. A binational ecological risk assessment was conducted to provide scientifically defensible advice for managers and decision-makers in Canada and the U.S. This risk assessment looked at the likelihood of arrival, survival, establishment, and spread of bigheaded carps to obtain an overall probability of introduction. Also see related Press Release:

Asian Carp Pose Substantial Risk to the Great Lakes: Bi-National Risk Assessment Released(Jul 12, 2012)
DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Decision Support Tools - Invasive Species: Identification Kits
Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

Ecological Integrity Assessments
NatureServe is working with the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies that are developing a National Wetlands Mitigation Plan, in order to provide them with effective biological and functional indicators that will help establish performance standards for wetland mitigation.

Environmental Impacts of Alien Species in Aquaculture (IMPASSE)
University of Hull (United Kingdom). Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI).

Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Research Risk Analysis Protocol (Nov 30, 2010; PDF | 97 KB) / Federal Register Notice - Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Risk Analysis Protocol (Aug 31, 2010)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. Risk Assessment & Management Committee.

Generic Nonindigenous Aquatic Organisms Risk Analysis Review Process (1996; PDF | 866 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. Risk Assessment & Management Committee.

Identifying Risk Factors to Stengthen Current Strategies Aimed at Minimizing the Introduction of Quagga and Zebra Mussels to Lake County, California (Jan 2009; PDF | 156 KB)
Lake County California Information Portal.
Prepared by: Lake County Fish and Wildlife Committee.
Risk assessment proposal addresses the current threat posed by both the quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis) and zebra mussel (D. polymorpha). This report identifies a number of positive actions already undertaken by the County of Lake and encourages their continued support. Secondly, this report attempts to prioritize the various risk factors associated with each Lake County waterbody with public access, and provides organizational and management guidance to direct preventative measures against mussel introduction.

Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay Including the Use of a Native and/or Nonnative Oyster - Final Progammatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) (PDF | 4.76 MB)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
The Final PEIS has been filed with the Environmental Proteciton Agency. The public comment period closed Jul 13, 2009 which led to the publication of a Record on Decision on Aug 13, 2009.

Plant Health Environmental Assessments
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Provides plant protection and quarantine environmental documents for various species.

Risk Assessment for Invasive Aquatic Plants (Nov 30, 2004)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Risk Assessment for Chinese Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) in Oregon (May 2003; PDF | 204 KB)
Portland State University (Oregon). Center for Lakes and Reservoirs.

Risk Assessment Screening for Potentially Invasive Freshwater Fishes within the Wet Tropics Bioregion: A Review of Assessment Approaches, Identification of Knowledge Gaps and Future Recommendations (Dec 2006; PDF | 243 KB)
Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research.
James Cook University.

ACTFR Report No. 06/26

Snakeheads (Pisces, Channidae): A Biological Synopsis and Risk Assessment (2004)
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.

Trinational Risk Assessment Guidelines for Aquatic Alien Invasive Species
Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America.
This report was developed in cooperation with experts from Canada, Mexico and the United States. These guidelines will be used as a tool for North American resource managers to assess the risk of introducing nonnative species into a natural ecosystem.

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