Aquatic Invasive Species Committee

In 2008, Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife (ODNR) reformed the Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee (OAISC) to address aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Ohio. The OAISC is made up of members representing government agency, industry, university, and non-profit stakeholder organizations and serves an advisory function. The group is chaired by John Navarro, ODNR and Eugene Braig, SENR.

Click here for the Ohio Field Guide to Aquatic and Invasive Species, published in 2018 in collaboration with the Division of Wildlife and Ohio Sea Grant.

Mission Statement

To provide a forum for Ohio's diverse stakeholders (its resource management agencies and related industries and organizations) to advise the state about the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species and for the state to inform those stakeholders about developing issues and policy.

AUTUMN 2018

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, November 2018 Meeting Agenda

Central Ohio Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management: Update and Opportunities -- Karen Seidel, The Nature Conservancy

Updates on AIS Prevention from the Recreational Boating Industry -- Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Latest Injurious AIS Candidate Species Discussion -- Kevin Kayle, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife (ODW)

ODA Invasive Plant List and OIPC Recommendations -- Dan Kenny, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Jennifer Windus, Ohio Invasive Plants Council (OIPC)

Making Progress on Closing Ohio’s AIS Connections -- John Navarro, ODW

Hydrilla in Ohio’s Lakes -- Matt Hangsleben, ODW, John Navarro, ODW

Grass Carp Spawning and SAV Survey Updates -- Patrick Kocovsky, U.S. Geological Survey, Nicole King, University of Toledo

Grass Carp Postlude: Ohio’s Five-year Plan -- John Navarro, ODW

AIS Vegetation Survey Updates, Kelso.

Changes in Distribution of Ohio’s Non-native Fish Species -- Brian Zimmerman, Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources and Museum of Biological Diversity

The Ohio River Asian Carp Program -- Neil Gillespie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

SPRING 2018

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, 14 May 2018 Meeting Agenda

Invasive Aquatic Species in Texas: An Overview -- Earl Chilton, Texas Parks and Wildlife (retired)

A Draft Mission Statement for Ohio's Aquatic Invasive Species Committee -- Eugene Braig, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems

Invasive Crayfish in Ohio -- Roger Thoma, Midwest Biodiversity Institute

Ballast-water Perspectives on the Passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act -- Tom Rayburn, Lake Carriers’ Association

Hydrilla Project Update -- Mark Warman, Cleveland Metroparks

Reproduction of Grass Carp in Lake Erie Tributaries -- Patrick Kocovsky, U.S. Geological Survey

Asian Carp Threat in Ohio: Actions Being Taken to Minimize Their Risk  -- John Navarro, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife


2017

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, 29 November 2017 Meeting Agenda

Separating the Divide -- John Navarro, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Implementing an AIS Risk Assessment Policy -- Kevin Kayle, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act -- Thomas Rayburn, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Lake Carriers’ Association

European Frogbit -- Breann Hohman, Watershed and Stewardship Coordinator, Erie Conservation District

Grass Carp: When and Where? -- Nicole R. King, University of Toledo Department of Environmental Sciences and Lake Erie Center

Grass Carp Planned Action -- John Navarro, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Central Ohio PRISM -- Karen Seidel, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, 9 March 2017 Agenda

Determination of Injurious Aquatic Invasive Species Policy -- John Navarro, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Expanded Detection and Control of Hydrilla in Ohio's Lake Erie Basin -- Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee Meeting, Mark Warman, Hydrilla Project Coordinator 9 March 2017

Potential Spread of Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) in the Great Lakes Basin -- Kristen Hebebrand, Dr. Jon Bossenbroek, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo

Plant Pest Control Program Overview- Invasive Plant Draft Regulations and Noxious Weeds -- Dan Kenney, Assistant Chief, Division of Plant Health

Assessing the Spawning Potential of Grass Carp in the Sandusky River -- Holly Embke, Christine Mayer, Song Qian (University of Toledo- Lake Erie Center); Patrick Kocovsky, Tatiana Garcia (U.S. Geological Survey)

Grass Carp Response Capabilities (Navarro) 2017 -- John Navarro, Fish Management and Research, Ohio Division of Wildlife


2016

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, 21 June 2016 Agenda

Closing Ohio’s Direct Water Pathways — John Navarro, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Ballast Mechanics — Thomas Rayburn, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Lake Carriers’ Association

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) — Eric Nygaard, Environmental Specialist, Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water

AIS Update from the American Boat & Yacht Council — Sarah Orlando, Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Seat Grant

TNC AIS Outreach — John Stark, The Nature Conservancy

Asian Carp:  Bait and Live Fish Vector Initiatives in Ohio — John Navarro, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife


2015 and Earlier

Ohio Aquatic Invasive Species Committee July 2015 Meeting Agenda

Ohio's Response to the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study -- John Navarro, Fish Management and Research, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Invasive Species on the Mainstem Ohio River -- Rob Tewes, Senior Aquatic Biologist, ORSANCO

Fundulus and Gambusia  -- Brian Zimmerman, Research Associate, Ohio State University Museum of Biodiversity and School of Environment and Natural Resources

USGS Grass Carp Research in the Sandusky River and Western Lake Erie -- Patrick Kocovsky, Research Fishery Biologist, US Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station

Hydrilla Eradication Efforts at Cleveland Metroparks -- Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks

Ohio Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Programs -- Tory Gabriel, Extension Program Leader and Fisheries Outreach Coordinator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

AIS Initiative Update -- Sarah Orlando, Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Bait Inspection, Outreach, Response Strategies -- John Navarro, Fish Management and Research, Ohio Division of Wildlife

The Aquarium Renovation at the Toledo Zoo -- Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates, Toledo Zoo