AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Mitigating the Risks of
There has never been a greater need for abundant and healthy water resources globally. Yet, our aquatic systems are under threat because of the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, which reduces biodiversity and threatens water quality. One key way aquatic invasive species are introduced and transported are via commerce - the plant and animal trade.
Reducing the risks of harmful aquatic invasive species in trade requires the cooperation and collaboration of everyone involved in the supply chain, from producers and manufacturers, to buyers and importers, to retailers and government agencies. This website explores the key challenges and issues that contribute to the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in plant and animal trades, and documents both voluntary and regulatory approaches to minimize the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.
This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Interior.