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Aquatic Invasive Species

The overall objective of this program is to reduce the introduction, spread, and impact of aquatic invasive species in New York State through coordinated education, detection, prevention, and control measures.

Research Goals

  • Identify and evaluate risks associated with pathways for AIS introduction into and movement within New York State.
  • Identify AIS species most likely to be moved to and within New York State.
  • Identify and evaluate mechanisms for preventing transport to and within New York State, including boat wash stations, and implement effective options.
  • Incorporate potential impacts of climate change on AIS introductions to New York State over various time horizons.
  • Research efficacy, safety, and utility of practical materials, equipment, and techniques for preventing AIS transport.
  • Develop a means of identifying waters that are/are not high risk for AIS invasion and adverse impacts.
  • Identify a common set of monitoring “metrics” to be used in AIS impact assessments addressing ecological, health, water quality, recreational, economic, and public perception.
  • Conduct a review of existing laws and regulations that may be impediments to AIS prevention, and develop and propose consolidated, coordinated replacements.
  • Identify and seek technology for identification of invasive species, including environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing.
  • Explore innovative control strategies, including biological control and integrated pest management.
  • Investigate potential beneficial uses for harvested AIS.
  • Develop policy and planning tools that can be employed by local municipalities and highway personnel to improve ditch management (eg. flood damage prevention ordinance; stormwater management plans; etc.).
  • Model and assess the impact of roadside ditches on watershed hydrology, transport of nutrients and sediment, and the morphology and function of receiving waters.

Outreach Goals

  • Implement an effective AIS public awareness campaign that will target those likely to introduce AIS or be impacted by AIS introductions. Regularly evaluate these efforts to ensure their effectiveness in preventing the introduction and spread of AIS in New York State.

Diversity Equity Inclusion/ Environmental Justice

  • How can current AIS outreach methods be improved to reach a diversity of stakeholders (e.g., minority anglers, non-English speakers)

Select Projects

Developing metrics to assess impacts of invasive aquatic species

Bernd Blossey, Cornell University

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus genetic diversity among invasive and native reservoir fishes of the Thousand Islands region, St. Lawrence River

John M. Farrell, SUNY ESF