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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.

Council or Task Force

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! - How You Can Help
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers.
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers is an ANS Task Force public awareness campaign intended to educate the public on aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and stop or reduce unintended spread of ANS to new habitat by recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, waterfowl hunting, SCUBA diving or snorkeling, windsurfing, seaplane operations, personal watercraft use, and recreational bait harvesting. This campaign is supported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the 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.
See also: ANS Task Force Documents for more resources


Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace (AIM)
Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace.
The AIM campaign that focuses on providing information and best practices to manage The Organisms in Trade (OIT) pathway. The OIT pathway is one of the main avenues by which non-native aquatic species become established in waterways. Many of the aquatic plants and animals available in the marketplace can negatively impact ecosystems, economies, and public health when introduced to new freshwater habitats. AIM was developed by a collaboration of researchers and outreach specialists led by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Natural History Survey.

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.

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.

Volunteer Diver Monitoring
Northeast Marine Introduced Species.

Be Plant Wise
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Check, Clean, Dry
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Federal Government

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

CZ-Tip - Learn to Spot, and Deal with, the Aliens in Our Midst
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Weeds Watcher Program
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Lakes & Ponds 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.

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 | 180 KB)
New Hampshire Fish and Game. Aquaculture Education Research Center; New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Homeowner Information - What You Can and Can't Do in Public Waters
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Aquatic Nuisance Species Program.

Michigan Invasive Species - RIPPLE: Reduce Invasive Pet and PLant Escapes
State of Michigan.
RIPPLE is a campaign aimed at educating both consumers and retailers about proper containment and disposal methods for plants and animals associated with the pond and pet store industries. RIPPLE focuses on the risks associated with releasing aquatic invasive plants and animals and practices that can reduce the likelihood of establishment.

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

Vermont Invasive Patrollers: We Need Your Help: Become a Vermont Invasive Patroller!
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Environmental Conservation. Watershed Management Division.
Early detection is vital to protecting Vermont's water bodies from harmful invasive plants and animals. With more than 800 lakes and ponds throughout the state, volunteers play a key role in our surveying efforts. Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPs) monitor water bodies for new introductions of invasive species and report their findings to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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

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


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

Invasive Aquatic Plants: What Every Plant Enthusiast Needs to Know (PDF | 455 KB)
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


Invasive Species Action Network.

Clean Boats
Izaak Walton League of America.
See also: Fact Sheet: How to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers (Jul 2012; PDF | 125 KB)

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

Invasive Plant Patrol
Lake Stewards of Maine.
Special Note: Formerly known as the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. The Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) program promotes prevention, early detection and rapid response at the local level by providing training, educational materials, resources and technical support to groups and individuals across the State of Maine.

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

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. The project is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Institute for Invasive Species Science and the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

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