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Fact Sheet 2012–3100

The National Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program

By Rachel J. Pawlitz and Kayla D. David

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Program monitors, analyzes, and records sightings of non-native (introduced) aquatic species throughout the United States. The program is based at the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The initiative to maintain scientific information on nationwide occurrences of non-native aquatic species began with the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, a group created by Congress in 1990 to address the need for this type of information by natural resource managers. Since then, the NAS program has maintained the database as a clearinghouse of information for confirmed sightings of non-native aquatic species throughout the Nation. The program also produces email alerts, maps, summary graphs, publications, and other information products to support natural resource managers.

First posted September 26, 2012

For additional information contact:
Pam Fuller, Biologist/NAS Program Leader
USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, Florida 32653
Phone: (352) 264–3481
Email: pfuller@usgs.gov

Visit the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program at http://nas.er.usgs.gov.

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Suggested citation:

Pawlitz, R.J., and David, K.D., 2012, The National Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3100, 4 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3100.)




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