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ANS Task Force Strategic Plan Goals (2013-2017)

Goal 1:

Coordination: The ANS Task Force was created to facilitate cooperation and coordinate efforts between Federal, State, tribes, and local agencies, the private sector, and other North American interests. The objectives for the coordination goal include strengthening cooperation at both national and regional levels within the ANSTF and the Regional Panels and encouraging the development and implementation of ANS plans and regulations.

Goal 2:

Prevention: Prevention is the first-line of defense against ANS. This goal calls for developing strategies to identify and reduce the risk of ANS introduced by increasing development and use of risk assessments, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point programs (HACCP), and pathway assessment and interdiction options.

Goal 3:

Early Detection and Rapid Response: Early Detection and Rapid Response programs are designed to monitor habitats to discover new species soon after introduction, report sightings of previously unknown species in an area, and work quickly to keep the species from becoming established and spreading. Objectives for the ANS Task Force include improving detection and monitoring programs and facilitating development and implementation of rapid response contingency plans.

Goal 4:

Control and Management: Control and management tools are needed to assess, remove, and contain ANS populations as well as to guide management decisions. The ANS Task Force will implement this goal by evaluating and providing support to management plans, increasing training opportunities, and encouraging the development of management techniques.

Goal 5:

Restoration: Habitat restoration is an essential to guard against future invasions and to minimize harm from invasive species. This goal focuses on restoring impacted ecosystems and consideration of potential ANS during planning and implementation of restoration activities.

Goal 6:

Education/Outreach: The lack of awareness concerning ANS impacts is one of the largest management obstacles. Few people understand the threat some nonindigenous species pose and how their actions might introduce them. Objectives by the ANS Task Force for education and outreach include reaching out to the general public, providing technical guidance to targeted audiences, and raising awareness among legislators and decision makers.

Goal 7:

Research: Research supports all facets of the Strategic Plan and is necessary to increase the effectiveness of prevention, detection, response, and control and management of invasive species. To help ensure that research addresses critical needs, this goal focuses on coordination among government agencies, academia, and other participating entities.

Goal 8:

Funding: Securing dedicated long-term and emergency funding is necessary to achieve the goals laid out in the Strategic Plan. The actions outlined by the ANS Task Force focus on coordinating Federal agency budgets to support ANS Task Force priorities, develop partnerships, and seek opportunities to leverage funds within Federal and State agencies, local governments, tribal entities, industry, as well as other entities including non-governmental organizations.

Full Text of the Strategic Plan is available as a PDF document below.
PDF Icon Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2013-2017)

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