Be aware of the issues -
Recreational activities such as recreational boating,
angling, waterfowl hunting, and diving may spread
aquatic invasive species.
Some aquatic invasive species can attach
to boats, while others can become tangled on propellers, anchor lines, or
boat trailers. Many species can survive in bilge water, ballast tanks, and
motors or may hide in dirt or sand that clings to nets, buckets, anchors,
and waders. Fortunately, completing simple steps can prevent the transport
of aquatic invasive species. Remember to Clean,
Drain, Dry… In every waterbody, every time.
The Arkansas Game and Fish is the lead agency in the Aquatic Nuisance
Species (ANS) taskforce, but many
other state and federal agencies, are represented.
Some Top invasive issues:
Silver (Jumping) Carp
Northern Snakehead Fish
Jimmy Barrett of AGFC is the coordinator of the taskforce.
The AGFC is developing an Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) reporting
database and asking the public if they see a suspicious species, to take a picture and send it to
Jimmy Barrett with the date, species, water body, county, collector, GPS, and comments and he
will verify and post it.
The UAPB is working with the Game and Fish on several projects and
provided a report about the spread of the silver carp.
They are mostly in the White River
Area but have been found in the Ouachita River at the foot of Remmel Dam.
Dr. Steve Lochmann at UAPB is
developing a Rapid Response Recovery spreadsheet with names and directory information. for all
national, state, and local agencies who will be notified in the event of an urgent ANS issue.
A plan was signed in 2013 by Governor Beebe tasking the AGFC with control
of bait fish transfer.
The AGFC now has a
new regulation on the transport of bait fish from one
body of water to another effective Oct 1st, 2018.
Water Hyacinth is also a nuisance invasive discussed during
the meeting and Biological and chemical control methods are being looked at to control this
invasive which is present on the Arkansas River especially around Arkansas Post.
Jamie Anderson from
Anderson Farms discussed the problems with unregulated pet trade.
He has state regulations
on what fish he can sell when people could go on Amazon and purchase any fish they like
He would like a level playing field.
Representatives on the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) taskforce
Lead agencies involved in the management and
protection of Arkansas’ natural resources include:
Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
Arkansas Game and Fish
Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB)
US Army Corps of
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Other representatives on the Task Force includes leaders of
the aquaculture industry:
(Catfish Farmers of Arkansas (CFA)
and Ornamental Fish Growers Association (ABOFGA)
Arkansas Farm Bureau-
Arkansas Audubon Society
Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce
Lake Ouachita Citizen’s
Arkansas Department of Parks and
Arkansas Division of Health
Arkansas Green Industry
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
State Highway and Transportation Department
APHIS Wildlife Services
National Park Service
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff-
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville).
Ben Sanders Striped Bass Guide Lake Ouachita
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