New York's Great Lakes
Invasive Species

NY's Great Lakes: Invasive Species

Sections on this page: General Information | Management/Regulations | Research | Spread Prevention Tips | Watercraft Inspection/ Outreach Programs

General Information back to top

Aquatic Invasive Species: Publications- New York Sea Grant
A sampling of publications (fact sheets and reports) related to the New York Sea Grant Focus Area, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems and Aquatic Invasive Species.
 
Aquatic Invasive Species in New York State- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website providing information regarding aquatic invasive species, regulations, and additional resources including the Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan.

Common Aquatic Invasive Species of NY- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation providing a table which contains some of the more common aquatic invasive species found in New York, the areas of the state they currently inhabit, and the control strategy recommended to ensure that they are not spread to new waters via boating and fishing equipment.

Ecological Communities of New York State- New York Natural Heritage and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The primary objective of this report is to classify and describe ecological communities representing the full array of biological diversity of New York State.

Great Lakes Panel on Invasive Species 

The Great Lakes Panel coordinates the development of education, research and policy to prevent new aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin and to control and mitigate those AIS populations already established.  

Invasive Species of Lakes Erie and Ontario- New York Sea Grant
A New York Sea Grant published fact sheet about invasive species of Lake Erie and Ontario.

Invasive Species Information- Cornell Cooperative Extension
Information and additional resources on invasive species.

National Invasive Species Information Center; New York
This Website serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.

New York Invasive Species Information
New York Invasive Species (NYIS.INFO) is your gateway to science-based information, breaking news and events, and innovative tools for coping with biological invaders in New York. NYIS.INFO links scientists, local,state and federal resource managers, policy setters, educators, and grassroots efforts to help you become part of the battle against invasive species in New York. NYIS.INFO is also home to the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse Invasive Species Database of published aquatic invasive species research.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species- U.S. Geological Survey
The program provides scientific reports, online/real-time queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data are made available for use by biologists, inter-agency groups, and the general public.

Nuisance and Invasive Species- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website providing information regarding nuisance and invasive species, regulations, and additional resources.

Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management

eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) to help prevent or minimize the harm caused by invasive species on New York's environment, economy and the health and well-being of the State's citizens. PRISMs are intended to coordinate invasive species management functions including coordinating partner efforts, recruiting and training citizen volunteers, identifying and delivering education and outreach, establishing early detection monitoring networks and implementing direct eradication and control efforts.


Management/Regulations back to top

Aquatic Invasive Species Control at State Boat Launching and Fishing Access Sites- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The regulations in this section apply to all sites from which a watercraft can be launched that are under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and administered by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources.
 
New York State Invasive Species Management Strategy- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
This report outlines the issues confronted and recommends the steps needed to develop a statewide invasive species control and management strategy that addresses threats and prioritizes response actions to protect the state’s economic and natural resources.

NYS Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
This action-based, strategic plan updates DEC's "Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan," which was written in 1993. The plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to Aquatic Invasive Species. Released in 2015.

Report an Environmental Problem- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
If you see something happening in the environment, whether you believe that it is a violation of environmental law or a natural occurrence, letNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation know. The guide on this website will help you locate the correct office to contact.
 
 
Research back to top
 
iMapInvasives
iMapInvasives provides an on-line, GIS-based data management system to assist citizen scientists and natural resource managers working to protect natural resources from the threat of invasive species.

NY Invasive Species Research Institute- Cornell University
The mission of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute is to coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.
 
 
Spread Prevention Tips back to top
 
Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Information on how boaters can help prevent the spread of invasives species from water body to water body.
 
Preventing the spread of AIS, WCI How-to video- New York Sea Grant
Aquatic Invasive Species spread prevention tips via an instructional video on how to conduct watercraft inspections and why it is important.
 
 
Watercraft Inspection / Outreach Programs back to top

Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach to Boaters and Anglers in the Lake Ontario Basin- Dept. Natural Resources, Cornell University
This study executed by Cornell University studied how government and nongovernmental organizations operating at the federal,state/provincial, and regional level attempt to encourage behaviors in anglers and boaters that will reduce the spread of invasive species.

Launch Steward Program- New York Sea Grant
College Students were hired to teach boaters to inspect their watercraft in an effort to limit/prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species; collect boater usage data; record aquatic invasive species observations; and provide program-related educational programs. The Launch Steward Program was in existence until 2014.

Launch Steward Blog- New York Sea Grant
This blog provides a glimpse into New York Sea Grant Launch steward activities while providing boaters with tips to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
 
New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook- New York Sea Grant
The New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook is the standardized model for starting new community or agency-based watercraft inspection programs. New York Sea Grant Extension developed for the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Programs for use statewide.

NYS Parks Boat Steward's Blog- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation
Boat Stewards provide information to the public about aquatic invasive species via the New York State Parks Boat Stewards Blog.

Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Webinar Series- New York Sea Grant
New York Sea Grant hosted a webinar series on the logistics of starting and managing the watercraft inspection component of a water-based stewardship program. Recorded webinar series and PowerPoints can also be found here. 

 
For more Invasive Species Information back to top

Center for Invasive Species Management
Center for Invasive Species Management promote ecologically sound management of invasive species in western North America by sponsoring research, conducting public education, and facilitating collaboration and communication among researchers, educators, policy makers, natural resource managers, and the concerned public.

Clean Drain Dry Initiative- Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Forever, in partnership with Federal, State and Canadian Organizations has teamed up with over 2,500 partners across the nation to stop the spread of invasive species. Wildlife Forever can provide your organization with CLEAN DRAIN DRY branded materials to help individuals learn about and prevent the spread of invasive species.

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species
The Great Lakes Panel coordinates the development of education, research and policy to prevent new aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin and to control and mitigate those AIS populations already established.  

Invasive Species Program- U.S. Geological Survey
USGS invasive species research encompasses all significant groups of invasive organisms in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in all regions of the United States. Working with partner agencies and organizations, USGS provides tools, technology, and information to prevent, contain, control, and manage invasive species.
 
Invasive Species Information- United States Environmental Protection Agency
Current / Up to date information regarding invasive species.

National "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" Campaign
The "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" campaign and web site empower recreational users to become part of the solution in stopping the transport and spread of these harmful hitchhikers.

New York Natural Heritage Program- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York Natural Heritage Program’s mission is to facilitate conservation of New York's biodiversity by providing comprehensive information and scientific expertise on rare species and natural ecosystems to resource managers and other conservation partners.

 


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