AZ: National task force approves Arizona’s aquatic invasive species management plan

PHOENIX – Arizona’s Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan has
been approved by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF),
making it eligible for federal funding to assist with future
implementation efforts concerning invasive plants and animals in
our state’s waterways.

The plan was developed by multiple stakeholders as part of the
efforts of the Arizona Invasive Species Advisory Council, which is
under the joint leadership of the Arizona Game and Fish Department
and the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Gov. Jan Brewer signed
this comprehensive strategic plan in October 2011. The plan was
then forwarded to the Task Force in November for eventual federal
program approval.

Arizona’s plan describes detection and monitoring efforts of
recognized aquatic invasive species, current prevention efforts to
stop their introduction and spread, and control efforts to reduce
their overall impacts to Arizona’s environment and economy and any
harm to human health.

Approval by the Task Force makes Arizona’s plan eligible for
federal grant funding that would help finance implementation of
various provisions of the plan. Funding is procured through a grant
process administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aquatic invasive species are of great concern because of their
potential to negatively impact our state’s ecosystems, industry and
economy. Once established, many invasive species prove
exceptionally difficult to manage, eradicate, or control.

Main pathways for introduction of invasive species into Arizona
waters include reservoir/canal connections, watercraft movement,
and other human-related, water-based recreational activities.

For more information on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s
aquatic invasive species program and to view Arizona’s plan, visit
www.azgfd.gov/ais.

 

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