What is an Aquatic Nuisance Species?

Definition:

A nonindigenous species that threatens the diversity or abundance of native species or the ecological stability of infested waters, or commercial, agricultural, aquacultural or recreational activities dependent on such waters (EPA 1990). Aquatic nuisance species can be introduced accidentally or purposely.

Unique Characteristics of Aquatic Nuisance Species

  • Produces many offspring.
  • Has early and rapid development.
  • Adapts easily to environment, diet.
  • Tolerates broad range conditions.
  • Free of natural controls.

These characteristics allow aquatic nuisance populations to spin out of control, creating environmental devastation and ecological havoc in their wake.