Progress in Aquatic Invasive Species Management

Aquatic Nuisance or Invasive Species could or currently threaten conservation of Maryland’s aquatic resources.  Work to protect Maryland from these threats has been funded, in part, by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force as described in Maryland’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan​.  The plan outlines steps that have or will be taken to assess threats, prevent introductions, detect early introductions, respond to introductions, and/or control the biomass and spread of established aquatic invasive species.  The work is managed by the department’s Invasive Species Matrix Team.  Please review progress below.


To electronically share or print signs regarding aquatic invasive species, please visit the department’s sign webpage.​​​​

Species
Assessment
Prevention
Early Detection
Rapid Response
Control Biomass and Spread
  
Risk
Rules | None
Report | eDNA

N/A

Not Introduced

Joe Love

​None

Rules | None​
Report | eDNA

N/A

​​Not Introduced

Tony Prochaska

​Chinese pond mussel (R)

​None

​None | Brochure

​Report | eDNA

N/A

​Not Introduced

Jay Kilian
None

Rules​ | None

​Report | eDNA

N/A

Not Introduced​

Tony Prochaska

​None

Report​ | eDNA​

N/A​

Management Plan | Removal​

Mary Groves

​None

Report​ | eDNA​

N/A

Wader Washing Stations​

Tony Prochaska

​None

Report ​| eDNA​

​N/A

Management Plan | Removal​*

Julie Bortz

​None

​Report | eDNA

​N/A

​N/A

Matt Ashton

Report | eDNA​

​N/A

Management Plan​ | Removal​

Joe Love

​None

​Report | eDNA

Management Plan​ | Removal​

Jonathan McKnight

​None

Report | eDNA​

​N/A

N/A

Jay Kilian

​None

Report | eDNA​

N/A

N/A

Jay Kilian

​None

Report | eDNA​

N/A

N/A

Jay Kilian

None​

Report​ |eDNA​

N/A​

Removal​

Matt Ashton
*Select areas

​​Disrupting Pathways of Introduction
  • Prevention may include outreach, signs, websites, and regulations or laws.
  • Early Detection may include citizen reporting, eDNA monitoring, or government surveys.
  • Rapid Response may include eradication and mobilizing stakeholders.
  • Control Biomass and Spread involves encouraging harvest, herbicide treatments, and direct removals.​​

Aquatic Nuisance Species Tier
  • High Priority (H)
  • Low Priority (L)
  • Red Alert, or not yet found in Maryland but of high concern (R)