Invasive Exotic Species Strategic Action Framework

Goal 4: Reduce the Populations of Widely Established Invasive Exotic Species and Maintain at Lowest Feasible Levels.

PRIORITY STRATEGIES

Strategy 4C3: Develop and improve tools to assist in the long-term control of invasive exotic species.

Current Activities:

  • Continue to implement Invasive Species Research and Information Exchange 2007 (SFWMD)
  • Continue to develop methods to produce and refine species-specific large constrictor control tools. (ENP/USGS)
  • Continue to conduct Lionfish assessment and control in NPS units. (NPS)
  • Development and Evaluation of Biological Control Agents for Invasive Species Threatening the Everglades and other Natural and Managed Systems (USDA)
  • Biological Control of Imported Fire Ant (FDACS)
  • Enhanced Mitigation Techniques for the Control of Several Whitefly Species (FDACS)
  • Interception and research for potential biocontrols of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug FDACS)
  • Expansion of Asian Citrus Psyllid Biocontrol (FDACs)
  • Tegu trap and lure evaluation (USDA)
  • Continue to improve the probability of detection of invasive reptiles (UF)
  • Everglades Complex of Wildlife Management Areas' Exotic Plant Control (Everglades & Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, and Rotenberger) (FWC)¬†¬†
  • Laurel wilt tool development (SFWMD/ USACE/UF)
  • Continue radiotelemetric monitoring of Burmese pythons in Collier County to understand opportunities for control¬† in upland habitats (USGS/ Conservancy of SW FL)
  • Burmese python eDNA development and application (USDA-APHIS)
  • Python removal authorized agent program for South Florida National Parks (NPS)
  • Python Responder/Patrol Training (FWC)
  • Thermal infra-red detection of Burmese pythons (USDA/UF)
  • Python Chemical Communication/Pheromone Development (USDA)
  • Trap and lure evaluation with Burmese pythons (USDA)

Gaps:

  • Develop tools for the long-term control of Laurel wilt
  • Develop methods to bring IES fish populations into maintenance control
  • Biocontrol development for IES
  • Detection dogs

Strategy 4C4: Integrate federal, state, and local agency invasive exotic species control programs.

Current Activities:

  • ECISMA MOU
  • Southwest Florida CISMA Partnership (SWFCISMA)

Gaps:

  • Evaluate barriers to cooperative IES control programs
  • Develop comprehensive IES governance structure
  • Interagency python management plan