Arkansas Aquatic Nuisance Species.

         

Arkansas Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Management Plan.  

Be aware of the issues - Stop Aquatic Hitchikers.
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
Zebra mussels
Northern Snakehead Fish
Water Hyacinth
Hydrilla
Other Aquatic Invasives

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 without regulations.
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:
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC)
Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB)
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
USDA Forest Service (USFS).

 Other representatives on the Task Force includes leaders of the aquaculture industry:
(Catfish Farmers of Arkansas (CFA)
Arkansas Bait and Ornamental Fish Growers Association (ABOFGA)
Arkansas Farm Bureau- Aquaculture Division)

Private Associations:
Arkansas Audubon Society
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce
Lake Ouachita Citizen’s Focus Committee


State Agencies:
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas Division of Health
Arkansas Green Industry
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department


Federal Agencies:
APHIS Wildlife Services
National Park Service

Universities:
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff- Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville).

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