Invasive Exotic Species Strategic Action Framework

Goal 2: Eradication Invasive Exotic Species By Implementing  EDRR

PRIORITY STRATEGIES

Strategy 2A1: Implement a systematic, prioritized, multi-species monitoring and inventory plan.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Develop a system wide SFER regional monitoring network, by synthesizing ongoing IES monitoring networks by:
    • 1a) Leveraging existing monitoring activities (current)
    • 1b) Assessing gaps (needed projects)
  • Develop improved methods for monitoring through research and statistical designs
  • Increase capacity/coordination for conducting systematic reconnaissance for invasive species and responding to reports of potential new species from I've Got1 network and others

Strategy 2A3: Employ science and technology for development of early detection tools, e.g., surveys, traps, inspections.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Conduct mesocosm trials to detect eDNA levels in flowing water, soils, and other varying environmental conditions to inform eDNA sampling
  • Conduct eDNA sampling
    • To detect expansion of pythons into Loxahatchee NWR
    • In area occupied by Northern African Python to assess success of eradication effort
    • Aquatic species DNA (bring from Prevention)
  • Investigate/Develop pheromone attractants for use in detecting/trapping incipient populations
  • Metagenomic survey in south Florida waters, part 2
  • Detector dog program expansion to other species
  • Build capacity to conduct surveys

Strategy 2A5: Establish rapid assessment and response programs/processes/ cooperatives/tools that allow for nimble attempts at eradication.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Formalize cooperative EDRR activities including emergency response
  • Develop on-call expert and responder lists.
  • Assemble technical expert work groups for specific species of concern.
  • Develop Response Action Plan (RAP) for each taxa, utilizing the ECISMA EDRR response protocol.
  • Expand and enhance training programs for rapid responders.
  • Reduce barriers to interagency EDRR efforts such as permitting issues for responders.
  • Establish dedicated resources (funding and staff) for an EDRR Team to conduct rapid assessment and initiate rapid response.
  • Update and provide access to EDRR guidelines, model response plans, and other resources.

Strategy 2B1: Rapidly assess the status and potential threat of newly detected invasive exotic species populations and develop a response/no response plan.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • Cooperatively implement rapid assessment process that is accepted by participating entities

Strategy 2C1: Initiate rapid response based upon the plan of action developed during the assessment phase.

Current Activities:

Gaps:

  • The EDRR team will establish strike teams to implement the action plan, such as:
    • Enhance the existing FWS Florida Invasive Species Strike Team
    • Enhance NPS Strike Team for animals
  • Develop Incident Command Structure and training courses for rapid response activities, modeled on successful programs elsewhere
  • Continue/expand  support and funding for a formal interagency invasive species strike team