The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) was appointed as an ex officio member to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force during their recent spring meeting in Traverse City, MI. The Task Force was authorized by Congress in 1990 to create a coordinated effort by 13 federal agencies to prevent, manage, or control aquatic nuisance species. Six regional panels were also authorized to create state and non-governmental coordination and collaboration. The ANSTF is co-chaired by Interior (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Commerce (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
As an ex officio member, the NAA will be representative of U.S. aquaculture during task force deliberations; development of policy, outreach, species management and planning documents; and issue specific ad hoc committees and work groups.
The Task Force encourages state and interstate planning entities to develop management plans describing detection and monitoring efforts of aquatic nuisance species, prevention efforts to stop their introduction and spread, and control efforts to reduce their impacts. Management plan approval by the Task Force is required to obtain Congressional funding. Currently, 39 state and three interstate plans are supported by the Task Force.
For additional information about the task force, please visit http://www.anstaskforce.gov/default.php.