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What You Can Do

Provides information about volunteer opportunities and other ways that the average citizen can help to control invasive aquatic species, organized alphabetically. See News and Events - What You Can Do for general resources and other species.


FWC Increases Lionfish Harvest Opportunities, Asks Public to Help (Aug 13, 2012)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC recently made changes that will increase lionfish harvesting opportunities, which are currently in effect through August 2013: a recreational fishing license is not required for recreational fishers targeting lionfish while using a pole spear, a Hawaiian Sling, a handheld net or any spearing device that is specifically designed and marketed exclusively for lionfish. There is no recreational or commercial harvest bag limit for lionfish. Learn more about lionfish or read the new State of Florida Executive Order 12-12 (PDF | 167 KB) on lionfish harvesting.

Federal Government

Citizen Science: New Website Launched Making it Easier to Report Sightings of Chinese Mitten Crabs (May 2011)
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Are you a crabber, waterman, or concerned citizen? We need your help to detect and assess the status of Chinese Mitten Crabs along the Atlantic and the Gulf Coasts. Recently a new website, Mitten Crab Watch, has been launched to provide information on the invasion of the mitten crab and to allow users to more easily report catches.

Do Not Release Pets into the Wild - Exotic Species Trading Cards (PDF | 430 KB)
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.

Protect Florida's Native Fish: Alternatives to Release (PDF | 3.25 MB)
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.

Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
Protect Your Waters.
Primary Campaign Sponsors: The National Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Coast Guard.

Voluntary Guidelines That Empower the Public to Actively Prevent Aquatic Nuisance Species Transport Via Popular Aquatic Recreation Activities (PDF | 174 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

What Anglers Can Do To Fight Invasive Species (Jul 3, 2012)
USDA. Blog.
See how you can help prevent aquatic invasive species and protect our waters!

State Government

Aquarium Pets/Water Gardens
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. Aquatic Invasive Species Program.

Attention Boaters: Zebra Mussels and Eurasian Water Milfoil are Aquatic Species That May be Accidentally Spread by Watercraft Users (PDF | 440 KB)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Washington Sea Grant.

Become a Loosestrife Scout (scroll down to view)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Clean Boats Clean Waters - Michigan's Aquatic Invasive Species Volunteer Program
Michigan Sea Grant.
Program sponsored and promoted by Michigan Sea Grant and the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality.

Clean Your Gear: Help Reduce the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Don't Leave Them Stranded: What To Do With Unwanted Aquarium Plants and Animals (PDF | 179 KB)
New Hampshire Fish and Game. Aquaculture Education Research Center; New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Get Habitattitude in Minnesota!
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Exotic Plants and Animals (PDF | 85 KB)
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

Homeowner Information - What you Can and Can't Do in public waters
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Aquatic Nuisance Species Program.

Invasive Aquatic Plant Workshops
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Invasive Plant Program.
Workshops are offered to teach people how to identify invasive aquatic plants that occur in Connecticut lakes.

Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Select "Aquatic" tab

Vermont ANS Sticker Program
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Water Quality Division.

What Boaters Can Do to Stem the Spread of Invasive Quagga/Zebra Mussels (PDF | 342 KB)
California Department of Fish and Game.

What Can I do to Help?
California Department of Water Resources. Environmental Services.

What You Can Do To Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program
University of Wisconsin. Extension Lakes Program.

Invasive Aquatic Plants: What Every Plant Enthusiast Needs to Know
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
A joint project of Sea Grant and other offices of
the University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, North Carolina State University and Purdue University

Volunteer Diver Monitoring
Northeast Marine Introduced Species.



Aquatic Invasive Volunteer Opportunities
Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species.

Clean Angling Pledge and Tips for Careful Cleaning
Invasive Species Action Network.

Clean Boats Campaign
Izaak Walton League of America.
Note: How to Clean Your Equipment Properly

Coastal Habitat Invasives Monitoring Program
Salem Sound Coastwatch (Massachusetts; Gulf of Maine).
Also see - A Citizen's Guide to Monitoring Marine Invasive Species (Apr 2005; PDF | 1.2 MB) and Species Identification Resources

National initiative developed by the ANS Task Force and its partner organizations, focuses on the prevention of the spread of non-native species via the aquarium and water garden pathways.

Hawaii Habitattitude: Hawaii Agencies and Pet Stores Work to Prevent Pet Dumping (Dec 6, 2006; PDF | 17 KB)
Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species.
Federal and State government agencies and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council are pleased to announce Hawaii's participation in a national campaign to encourage pet owners to turn in unwanted aquarium fish and plants instead of dumping them in streams or the ocean.

Invasive Plant Patrol
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.

Invasive Species - What Should I Care? and What Can I Do?
BoatU.S. Foundation.

On-line Training for Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species
100th Meridian Initiative.
If you are a boater, angler, or aquatic recreational user, then you can benefit from our short, on-line educational training designed to teach you four simple steps that you can follow to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!This training will only take a few minutes and at the end you will get a certificate that you can show authorities to demonstrate that you are doing your part.

New Zealand Mudsnails Threaten Native Wildlife - You Can Stop Their Spread!
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Project (RED): Riverine Early Detectors
River Alliance of Wisconsin.
Project RED provides tools and training for volunteers to monitor their rivers for 15 species of concern.

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