Sea Grant Extension leads the charge to fight aquatic invasive species

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New guidelines help protect 24 million acres of public watersheds on the west coast

In recent years Oregon’s coast and waterways have come under siege by nonnative aquatic plants and animals that degrade habitats, displace native species and damage native ecosystems. These invasive, species can quickly become serious threats to the economic and environmental value of the state’s coastal areas. Costs related to damage and control of invasive species exceed $138 billion per year throughout the U.S. (and nearly $400 million annually in Oregon just to control invasive species).

Oregon Sea Grant Extension led efforts with other federal and state agencies to 1) develop Early Detection and Rapid Response guidelines, and 2) provide ongoing training for managers and leaders responsible for monitoring watersheds. The detection/response tools have been adopted as operational guidelines for interagency watershed monitoring activities from northwest Washington into northern California. This is the first formalized interagency adoption of aquatic invasive species detection and control guidelines.

Contact: Sam Chan

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