Aquatic Nuisance Species

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Program

The program was developed in 2008 with the creation of the ANS Management Plan. This document is the reference guide for the program and also enables ODWC to seek federal funding for projects related to aquatic nuisance species. The program is geared toward outreach and education but also focuses on early detection and rapid response of aquatic invasions.

Definition of Aquatic Nuisance Species

ANS are nonindigenous aquatic species that pose significant ecological and economic threats to aquatic ecosystems. This can include fish, aquatic plants, algae, invertebrates, mussels, viruses, and other aquatic pathogens.

How You Can Help!

There are several ways that you, the angler and lake recreationist, can help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species. When leaving a body of water, be sure to remove any visible plants or mud from your boat and gear, drain all water including bilges, bait buckets, and live wells, and clean anything that came in contact with the water. Also never release any plants or animals into a body of water unless they originated there. Please contact the Wildlife Department if you think you have discovered any invasive species.

ANS Regulations

Guidelines to reduce/stop the spread of invasive aquatic species