Aquatic Invasive Species Eradication and Control

Taking Action Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Welcome to the Aquatic Invasive Species Eradication and Control website. This site is intended to assist lake managers and collaborating groups in preparing and implementing eradication and control tactics for aquatic invasive species.

While much of the information is focused upon quagga and zebra mussels, it also is broadly applicable to many types of aquatic pests including fresh water, brackish water and salt water species. The invasive fresh water mussels serve as a model to illustrate the general concepts and specific steps required for taking action against aquatic invasive species.


El Capitan Reservoir, San Diego, California Coastline and Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Ventura, California
El Capitan Reservoir, San Diego, CA Coastline and Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Ventura, CA


Available Educational Materials

Two complementary sets of educational materials are now available for your use:

  • Workshop Materials. Materials from a February 2012 workshop on eradication and control of quagga and zebra mussels, including an overview, agenda and presenters’ abstracts.
  • Series of Information Sheets. Sheets that provide detailed information on aspects of implementing various eradication and control tactics including equipment and staffing needs; permit requirements; and other issues to consider when determining the feasibility of certain tactics for eradicating or controlling aquatic invasive species.

These educational materials were produced through a collaborative effort. We hope the materials will be useful for reducing the spread and impacts of aquatic invasive species.

Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis Asian kelp, Undaria pinnatifida Quagga mussel, Dreissena bugensis Sea squirt, Ciona
Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis

Asian kelp, Undaria pinnatifida

Quagga mussel, Dreissena bugensis Sea squirt, Ciona spp.



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