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Contains management plans for invasive aquatic species. For additional resources, see:

Aquatic Species:

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) Strategic Plan 2013-2017 (PDF | 891 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Previous versions:
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force: Strategic Plan (2007 - 2012) (Mar 2007; PDF | 286 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2002 – 2007) (Feb 2002; PDF | 251 KB)

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic Plants and Weeds

Aquatic Plant Management (PDF | 4.20 MB)
Purdue University. Extension.
Publication WS-21-W, Purdue University, Professor of Botany, Carole A. Lembi

Aquatic Weeds and Their Management (Mar 2002; PDF | 2.76 MB)
International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage.

Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States (Aug 2002)
Published by: USDA. Forest Service. Publication FHTET-2002-04.

Invasive Plant Management Plans
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Invasive Plants Management Library - Includes Element Stewardship Abstracts (ESA)
Species management summaries created by the Nature Conservancy, Global Invasive Species Team. Information is no longer maintained but provides useful, researched and inclusive management summaries.

Management of Aquatic Plants (Mar 2003; PDF | 1 MB)
World Bank.
Water Resources and Environment Technical Note G.4


Caulerpa Control Protocol (Version 4 - Feb 25, 2008; PDF | 57 KB)
DOC. NOAA. National Marine Fisheries Service. Southwest Region.

National Management Plan for the Genus Caulerpa (October 2005; PDF | 4.39 MB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Prepared by the Caulerpa Working Group

NSW Control Plan for the Noxious Marine Weed Caulerpa taxifolia in NSW waters (Aug 2009)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Common Reed

A Guide to the Control and Mangement of Invasive Phragmites (2007; PDF | 2 MB)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

A Landowner's Guide for the Control of Phragmites
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife & Heritage Service.

Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in the Chesapeake Bay: A Draft Bay-wide Management Plan (Oct 2003; PDF | 563KB)
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Prepared by: The Chesapeake Bay Phragmites australis Working Group

Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites (includes management strategies for landowners and land managers)
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Phragmites Control Plan (Aug 29, 2007; PDF | 512 KB)
DOI. FWS. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Eurasian Watermilfoil

2008 Statewide Strategic Plan for Eurasian Watermilfoil in Idaho (Oct 17, 2007; PDF | 2.16 MB)
Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
Prepared by the Idaho Invasive Species Council and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Aquatic Plant Management - Eurasian Watermilfoil Eradication and Control Strategies
Washington State Department of Ecology.

Biological Control of Eurasian Watermilfoil
University of Minnesota. Fisheries and Wildlife.

Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Program
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Ecological Services Division.

Giant Salvinia

Lower Colorado River Giant Salvinia Task Force Action Plan -- Draft (Dec 6, 2002; PDF | 260 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitchell (Giant Salvinia) in the United States: A Review of Species Ecology and Approaches to Management (2004; PDF | 3.37 MB)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.Aquatic Plant Control Research Program.

Salvinia Control Manual: Management and Control Options for Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in Australia (Sep 2006)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) Strategic Plan 2012-2017 (PDF | 1.73 MB)
National Weeds Strategy Executive Committee (Australia).


Natural Areas Weeds: A Property Owner's Guide to Melaleuca Control
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Melaleuca Management
University of Florida. IFAS. TAME Melaleuca.
TAME Melaleuca (collaborative effort between U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, South Florida Water Management District, and others)

Melaleuca Management Plan: Ten Years of Successful Melaleuca Management in Florida 1988-1998 (PDF | 1.22 MB)
Florida Exotic Plant Pest Council.

Research Publications - The Areawide Pest Management and Evaluation of Melaleuca Quinquenervia
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Purple Loosestrife

A Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Manual for Educators: See Cella Chow! (2003; PDF | 21.6 MB)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Wisconsin Wetlands Association.

Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife
Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife: Galerucella Rearing Guide (Jul 2007; PDF | 556 KB)
Spruce Creek Association.
Prepared by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Robert Kenning, Invasive Plant Coordinator

Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol Project
Massachusetts Office of Coast Zone Management. Wetlands Restoration Program.

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Regional Management Plan (May 2004; PDF | 485 KB)
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Prepared by: The Regional Lythrum salicaria Working Group

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) Management Plan for the Lower Hudson River Valley (Dec 2003)
New York State Library Digital Collections.
Submitted by: Cornell University. Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program; submitted to: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Purple Loosestrife - Noxious Weed Integrated Vegetation Management Guide
IPM Practitioners Association.

Purple Loosestrife Management Program
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Techniques from TNC Stewards for the eradication of Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) and Phragmites australis (common reed/Phrag) in wetlands (PDF | 52 KB)
Edited by Mandy Tu, Wildland Invasive Species Team, The Nature Conservancy, Department of Vegetable Crops & Weed Sciences, University of California - Davis


Spartina Eradication Action Coordination Team
West Coast Governor's Agreement on Ocean Health.
Work plan finalized May 2010.

Water Chestnut

Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Regional Management Plan (Dec 10, 2003; PDF | 470 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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Aquatic Animals


Alternative Strategies for the Management of Non-Indigenous Alewives in Lake St. Catherine, Vermont (Apr 2004; PDF | 504 KB)
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Apple Snail

Statewide Strategic Control Plan for Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata) in Hawai'i (Sep 30, 2006; PDF | 8.26 MB)
Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk Project.
Produced by: Penny Levin, Conservation Planner with Onipa'a Na Hui Kalo
Submitted by: The Hawai'i Land Restoration Institute

Asian Carps

Obama Administration Releases 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework (Jul 24, 2013)
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
The Obama Administration announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the comprehensive plan the Administration created in 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. The updated plan adds several initiatives to the proactive effort to combat Asian carp, including testing and deployment of new physical and chemical control tools, strengthening the electric barrier system in the Chicago Area Waterway System, and constructing a new project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin at Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver carps in the United States (Oct 2007; PDF | 3.62 MB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Prepared by: Asian Carp Working Group

Proposed Plan for the Prevention, Detection, Assessment, and Management of Asian Carps in Michigan Waters (Oct 2010; PDF | 375 KB)
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committe.

Ballast Water

Ballast Water and Introduced Species: Management Options for Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island (Jan 2002; PDF | 1.3 MB) and Executive Summary (PDF | 33 KB)
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.

Chinese Mitten Crab

National Management Plan for the Genus Eriocheir (Mitten crabs) (Nov 2003; PDF | 1.3 MB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Prepared by: Chinese Mitten Crab Working Group

European Green Crab

Management Plan for the European Green Crab (Nov 13, 2002; PDF | 516 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

National Control Plan for the European Green Shore Crab (2008; PDF | 774 KB)
Commonwealth of Australia.


Lionfish Response Plan: A Systematic Approach to Managing Impacts from the Lionfish, an Invasive Species, in Units of the National Park System (2012; PDF | 2.19 MB)
DOI. NPS. Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.

New NOAA Manual Gives Coastal Managers Tips for Combating Invasive Lionfish (Oct 18, 2012)
DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service.
Scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have teamed up to create specific guidelines for coastal managers to control the spread of invasive lionfish. The new manual, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management, includes the best available science and practices for controlling lionfish in marine protected areas, national parks, and other conservation areas. By following suggestions in the publication, resource managers can develop effective local control plans.

Regional Strategy for the Control of Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean (2013; PDF | 3.47 MB)
International Coral Reef Intitative.

St. Eustatius National Marine Park Lionfish Response Plan (Jul 2009; PDF | 2.52 MB)
St. Eustatius National Parks (Netherlands Antilles).

St. Maarten Nature Foundation Lionfish Response Plan (2010)
International Coral Reef Initiative.

Mute Swan

Atlantic Flyway Mute Swan Management Plan 2003-2013 (Jul 2003; PDF | 647 KB)
Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Prepared by: Snow Goose, Brant, and Swan Committee, Atlantic Flyway Technical Section, Atlantic Flyway Council.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) in Jun 2004; PDF | 1.6 MB)
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Prepared by: The Chesapeake Bay Mute Swan Working Group

Mute Swans in Maryland: A Statewide Management Plan (Apr 2011; PDF | 488 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Mute Swan Management Plan (2006; PDF | 318 KB)
State of Rhode Island and Providence Planatations. Department of Environmental Management. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

New Zealand Mudsnail

National Management and Control Plan for the New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) (May 2007; PDF | 948 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. New Zealand Mudsnail Management and Control Plan Working Group.

Northern Snakehead

National Control and Management Plan for the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) - DRAFT (PDF | 767 KB)
DOI. FWS. Maryland Fishery Resources Office.
Submitted to the Department of Interior.
Prepared by the Northern Snakehead Working Group.

(New York Department of Environmental Conservation) DEC's Plans to Eradication Northern Snakehead Fish
New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Rapid Response Plan for the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) in Massachusetts (Jun 2005; PDF | 762 KB)
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Snakehead Scientific Advisory Panel: First Report to the Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources (Jul 26, 2002)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Nutria (Myocastor coypus) in the Chesapeake Bay: A Draft Bay-Wide Management Plan (Nov 2003; PDF | 492 KB)
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Prepared by: The Chesapeake Bay Nutria Working Group

Nutria Management in the Pacific Northwest: Workshop Summary (PDF | 52 KB)
Portland State University. Center for Lakes and Reservoirs. Environmenal Sciences and Resources.
Workshop was held Apr 24-25, 2007 in Vancouver, Washington.


Ruffe Control Program (Nov 1996; PDF | 750 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Submitted to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force by the Ruffe Control Committee

Sea Lamprey

Sea Lamprey Management Program
DOI. FWS. Marquette Biological Station.

Zebra Mussel; Dreissena species

2009 Interagency Dreissena Monitoring Plan for Western Waters -- Working Draft (Jun 26, 2009; DOC | 422 KB)
Stop Aquatic Hitchikers. Mussel Monitoring & Detection.

Developing Environmentally Sound Methods and Strategies to Control Zebra Mussels at Public Facilities (Mar 1994; PDF | 30 KB)
Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species.
Proceedings of the Fourth International Zebra Mussel Conference, Madison, Wisconsin

Expanded Zebra (Quagga) Mussel Action Plan (Mar 2007; PDF | 323 KB)
DOI. NPS. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Columbia River Basin Team - Zebra Mussels and Other Dreissenid Species (scroll to see response plan and other related documents)
100th Meridian Initiative. Columbia River Basin Team.

Massachusetts Interim Zebra Mussel Action Plan (Aug 2009; PDF | 863 KB)
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game.
Prepared by: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game

Pueblo Zebra Mussel Response Plan (Updated Dec 1, 2008; PDF | 2.3 MB)
Colorado State Parks. Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
This plan was written to document the response taken by State Parks in spring of 2008 after the confirmation of zebra mussels in Lake Pueblo in Jan, 2008. It examines the lake and it's environment and the protocols put in place to limit the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species both into and out of Lake Pueblo.

Rapid Response Plan for the Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in Massachussets (Jun 2005; PDF | 639 KB)
Massachussets Department of Conservation and Recreation. Prepared by ENSR International.

Quagga - Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP) (2010; PDF | 965 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Submitted to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force by the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species; see transmittal letter (Mar 3, 2010; PDF | 45 KB).

Quagga and Zebra Mussel Control Strategies Workshop (PDF | 901 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Apr 3-4, 2008 in Henderson, Nevada

Sand Hollow Reservoir (Utahs) Control Plan: Guidance for Management of an Infestation of Dressena Mussels (Jun 16, 2010; PDF | 12.3 MB)
Utah Wildlife Division of Wildlife Resources.
Prepared by: Sand Hollow Rapid Response Team under authority of the Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and Rule R657-60.

Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Regional Management Plan (May 2004; PDF | 719 KB)
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Prepared by: The Regional Dreissena polymorpha Working Group

Zebra Mussel Management Strategy for Northern Ireland 2004-2010 (May 2004; PDF | 529 KB)
Invasive Species Ireland.

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