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Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Americans love to spend time on the water. Protecting aquatic resources is important for all users. The spreading of harmful plants, animals and other organisms threatens America's water habitats. Aquatic nuisance species hitch rides on clothing, boats, and items used in the water. When brought to another lake or stream, the nuisance species may spread.
If conditions are right, these introduced species become established and cause drastic changes.

Stopping aquatic hitchhikers requires only a few simple procedures. (Details in the links that follow.)

Simple Preventative Procedures:
Become Informed and Take Action:

History shows recreational users take action if informed. All users can help protect the environment.
Learn more about the aquatic hitchhiker issue:
Aquatic Hitchhikers Can:
Clarification of Terms:

For the purposes of this campaign and the related materials, Aquatic Hitchhikers are defined as non-native, harmful aquatic plants, animals or microscopic organisms that can readily be transported to other waters via popular recreational activities. Different terms will be used interchangeably throughout the campaign to describe aquatic hitchhikers. These terms include: aquatic nuisance species, ANS, aquatic invasive species and non-native, harmful aquatic species. Campaign sponsors use these terms to facilitate a better understanding about the issue and to assist with ease of reading.
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The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers web site is part of the ANS Task Force public
awareness campaign and is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Check out the Latest News about the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker Campaign and the aquatic hitchhiker problem.

Common Hitchhikers

Zebra Mussels
Whirling Disease
Spiny Water Fleas
Round Gobies
Water Hyacinth

Video Clips
Asian Carp in the Upper Mississippi River
(Real Video format)

Round Goby
(Quicktime Format)
New Audio Messages for Traveler Information Systems
Zebra Mussel (mp3)
Zebra Mussel #2 (mp3)