Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are a national problem.
More than 40 percent of threatened or endangered species are at a greater risk due to AIS. The damage caused by invasive fish is estimated to cost the U.S. $5.4 billion each year.
Healthy waters are the backbone of recreational boating. As aquatic invasive species threaten our nation’s waterways, the marine community is coming together to find solutions.
In Lake Tahoe, state agencies, organizations and boaters have pulled together to stop the spread of these harmful species.
From asian carp in the Great Lakes to lionfish in the Florida Keys, aquatic invasive species are a reality across the country.
See what threats are impacting waters near you and throughout the United States.
How exactly do you decontaminate a boat once it has been impacted by mussels or other aquatic invasive species?
After quagga mussels were found in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2007, Colorado stepped up to prevent the spread and proactively protect their waters from any future invasion.
What has the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund done?
28,000 acres of habitats have been restored and improved throughout coastal wetland ecosystems.
Nearly 3.5 million students educated about the benefits of conservation, boating, and fishing.
Overview: Stop and Reverse the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
[324.07 Kb] Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are organisms that are not native to a specific area and can cause significant harm to the environment, economy, and boating access.
Guide: Aquatic Invasive Species
[340.92 Kb] AIS are in every region of the U.S. and there are thousands of different types of AIS.
Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund Overview
[55.34 Kb] ONE-PAGER: The fund was created by recreational boaters and anglers in 1950 to pay for critical conservation programs and recreational infrastructure projects in all 50 states.