Sea Grant Law Center


The Federal Regulatory Framework for Controlling the Movement of Invasive Species and Updates on National Coordination Efforts

On May 16, 2013, the National Sea Grant Law Center and partners will host a workshop to explore the legal and regulatory efforts to minimize the movement of aquatic invasive species in the U.S. Based on the successful state attorneys general and invasive species professionals co-learning workshop ( focused on the movement of quagga and zebra mussels in the West, this discussion will provide federal legal specialists and policy makers an understanding of how federal laws interact with state regulations for the management of aquatic invasive species across the nation. The agenda and recommended reading materials are detailed below.


Workshop Agenda

 1:00 pm
 Welcome Remarks

Lori Williams - National Invasive Species Council

 1:15 pm
 Current Federal Law

15 minute presentations followed by panel discussion will provide participants with a general understanding of the state of federal laws controlling the movement of invasive species:

  • Federal Legal Frameworks an overview of federal authorities, legislation, and regulations Stephanie Showalter Otts - Director, National Sea Grant Law Center
    Download PDF

  • Status of Injurious Wildlife Provision of the Lacey Act
    Craig Martin - Aquatic Invasive Species Branch Chief, US Fish and Wildlife Service
    Download PDF

  • Legislative Proposals for Reform
    Stephen Phillips - Sr. Program Manager, Pacific State Marine Fisheries Commission
    Download PDF

Recommended Readings:

Meeting the Invasive Species Challenge

Preventing the Spread of Zebra and Quagga Mussels: The Role of the Lacey Act

Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2012 (S. 3606)

Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2012 (H.R. 5864)

 2:15 pm
 Role of the States

This section will focus on the role of states who have primary law enforcement authority for aquatic invasive species and highlight some differences between state regulations, including discussion of the different types of regulations such as black/white lists (Priya Nanjappa, Invasive Species Coordinator, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Download PDF) and examples of state programs:

  • Colorado
    Elizabeth Brown - Invasive Species Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Pennsylvania
    Tim Schaeffer - Director of the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Communications, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Recommended Readings:

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009 .

 3:00 pm

 3:15 pm
 Legal Framework in Action

15 minute presentations on emerging and long-standing aquatic invasive species legal/regulatory challenges across the country, followed by a panel discussion:

  • Boat Movements in the West
    Jas Adams - Attorney-in-Charge, Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Justice
    Download PDF

  • Lake Texoma Pipeline
    Dave Britton - Southwest Region AIS Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service
    Download PDF

  • Asian Carp
    Ron Brooks - Fisheries Director, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
    Download PDF

Recommended Readings:

Legislative and Regulatory Efforts to Minimize Expansion of Invasive Mussels Through Watercraft Movements

Are State Watercraft Inspections Constitutionally Permissible Searches?

North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012 (H.R. 6007)

Broken Screens: The Regulation of Live Animal Imports in the United States

 4:15 pm
 Ongoing Coordination Efforts and Proposals for Reform

  • Outcomes of the Phoenix Workshop
    Tom McMahon - Invasive Species Coordinator, Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Download PDF

  • Invasive Species Bills
    Peter Jenkins - Executive Director, Center for Invasive Species Prevention
    Download PDF

Recommended Readings:

An Action Plan to Implement Legal and Regulatory Efforts to Minimize Expansion of Invasive Mussels Through Watercraft Movements in the Western United States

 4:45 pm
 Closing Discussion: Potential for Collaborative and Voluntary Approaches

Group Discussion

Recommended Readings:

Aquatic Invasive Species in Oregon: The Search for a Viable Model for Mandatory Roadside Inspections
AIS Final (pdf)

Summary of State Regulations Pertaining to Asian Carps
Carps Management (pdf)


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