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Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species (Final Report)

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This report reviews available literature on climate-change effects on aquatic invasive species (AIS) and examines state-level AIS management activities. Data on management activities came from publicly available information, was analyzed with respect to climate-change effects, and was reviewed by managers. This report also analyzes state and regional AIS management plans to determine their capacity to incorporate information on changing conditions generally, and climate change specifically.

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Britta G. Bierwagen
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Background

Cover of the Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species Document Invasive species are one of the leading causes of degraded ecological condition and ecosystem services, and climate change has the potential to interact with this stressor through multiple mechanisms. OW and OPPTS are concerned with aquatic invasive species (AIS) in multiple arenas, including ballast water and NPDES permits, TMDLs and impaired waters, economic consequences, and pesticide usage for control. AIS are also used as biological indicators to measure ecosystem condition.

This report assesses the state of the science of climate change effects on AIS and examines state level AIS management activities. Part of the assessment focuses on AIS management plans to determine their capacity to incorporate information on changing environmental conditions generally, and climate change specifically. The report concludes that further scientific research and data collection are needed in order to equip managers with the tools and information necessary to conduct effective AIS management in the context of climatic change.The report is intended for managers and scientists working with AIS to provide them with information on the potential effects of climate change on AIS, strategies for adapting their management to accomodate these environmental changes, and highlight further research needs and gaps.

History/Chronology

Jun 2006EPA hosted a workshop,Assessing Gaps and Needs for Invasive Species Management in a Changing Climate, on June 6, 2006 in Washington, DC.
Oct 2006EPA hosted a workshop, New Considerations for Aquatic Invasive Species in a Changing Climate: An Update on Papers for a Special Section in Conservation Biology, on October 2, 2006 in Washington, DC.
May 2007EPA conducts an internal review of the draft report for comments.
Aug 2007EPA released an External Review Draft of the report for review and comment.
Oct 2007EPA released the report for external peer review.
Oct 2007EPA presented results of the draft report to the Invasive Species Advisory Council.
Nov 2007EPA presented results of the draft report to the Aquatic Nuisance Species(ANS) Task Force Fall Meeting. http://www.anstaskforce.gov/default.php
Mar 2008EPA released the final report.

Next Steps

This is the final report.

Citation

U.S. EPA. Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-08/014, 2008.

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