Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are species that have established viable populations in aquatic ecosystems to which they are not native. Brought to their new home by human activities, both intentionally and unintentionally, by definition invasive species are harmful to their new environments and have the potential to disrupt entire ecosystems. AIS thrive because their new environments do not have the same natural predators or limiting resources that keep their populations in check in their native ecosystems. Rapid population growth of AIS can result in the overconsumption of local resources, environmental degradation, and a reduction in the population sizes of native species.
In order to prevent the wide range of damages caused by AIS, action must be taken to reduce their number, diversity, and abundance in the state of New Jersey. Frequent users of aquatic resources must be educated about the existence and dangers associated with AIS and should have access to information regarding prevention techniques. NJSGC’s Extension Program is compiling educational materials and resources on AIS in New Jersey to be distributed to different user groups and stakeholders throughout the state in order to help protect our valuable aquatic resources.
Contact: Michael Danko