Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and Reducing Their Impacts

Non-native plants and animals are continuously being introduced into aquatic systems.  A small number will thrive, threatening personal property, livelihoods, coastal habitats and native aquatic life. 

Understanding the pathways by which aquatic invasive species (or AIS) can arrive in our waters allows researchers and marine resource managers to prevent their spread, develop rapid response plans for unwanted arrivals and minimize the impacts of established AIS. Pet stores, seafood suppliers and marine businesses all play important roles.  An informed and educated public is the cornerstone for effective prevention and control of AIS. 

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