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DEC Releases DRAFT Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

Notice of the Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten the ecology of New York's freshwater resources and can harm water-based recreational and commercial uses to the point that they impact local economies. New York is particularly vulnerable to AIS due to its vast marine and freshwater resources, major commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes via the State's canal system. Managing an infestation is extremely costly, so prevention is the most cost effective strategy.

The goal of this plan is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York State. This will be accomplished through the completion of over 50 actions concerning the prevention, detection and response to AIS. Priority actions identified in the plan include:

  • Expanding the boat launch steward program and ensuring consistency of these programs statewide.
  • Developing an AIS response framework to guide decision-making when AIS are detected, and communicate the reasoning for the response selected.
  • Implementing an AIS public awareness campaign and evaluating its effectiveness in reaching target audiences.
  • Expanding the use of AIS disposal stations at waterway access sites.
  • Creating regional "First Responder" AIS teams to incorporate local expertise in planning and implementing appropriate responses to AIS.
  • Identifying and evaluating the risks associated with various pathways for AIS introduction and movement within New York.

The Plan is primarily focused on the freshwaters of New York State.

The draft plan is available at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/99053.html.

Due Date for Comments:

Comments may be submitted in writing through December 12, 2014 to NYSDEC Bureau of Fisheries, AIS Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753 or by E-mailing (type "AIS Management Plan" in the subject line).

Contact: Phil Hulbert, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Division of Fish Wildlife and Marine Resources, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753, Phone: (518) 402-8890

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