Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
In simple terms, Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are aquatic and terrestrial organisms, introduced into new habitats throughout the United States and other areas of the world, that produce harmful impacts on aquatic natural resources in these ecosystems and on the human use of these resources.
The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species, and implementing the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (NANPCA) of 1990. The various NANPCA mandates were expanded later with the passage of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) in 1996. The ANSTask Force consists of 13 Federal agency representatives and 12 Ex-officio members, and is co-chaired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The ANS Task force coordinates governmental efforts dealing with ANS in the U.S. with those of the private sector and other North American interests via regional panels and issue specific committees and work groups.
Click here to access the Invasive Species Experts Database.
Call our toll-free number, 1-877-STOP-ANS, or click here, to report the sighting of an Aquatic Nuisance Species.
|Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force|
Executive Secretary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 358-2466
Fax: (703) 358-2487
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