The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) is the most comprehensive international forum to address new and emerging issues related to aquatic invasive species in freshwater, marine and estuarine environments. ICAIS provides an international platform for the presentation of aquatic invasive species research that pertains to species biology, risk assessment, prevention, management and control methods, ecological and ecosystem impacts and restoration, outreach and policy.
The 20th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was hosted by the University of Florida, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Dr. Lyn Gettys, served as Chair of the Technical Program Committee that developed an extensive scientific program covering a broad range of issues.
The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is the Secretariat for ICAIS and they gratefully acknowledge partnering organizations for their continued support: Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Fund, ASI Group, Atlantium Technologies, Bruce Power, Earth Science Laboratories, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, INBO, International Joint Commission, Marrone BioInnovations, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Power Generation, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Trojan Technologies, University of Florida – IFAS, U.S. Army Engineer, Engineer Research and Development Center and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Keynote plenary presentations were made by Dr. Helen Roy (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK), Dr. David M. Lodge (Cornell University, USA), Dr. Darren Yeo Chong Jinn (National University of Singapore), and Mr. Paul Champion (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand) surveyed global action against AIS.
Concurrent sessions covered a breadth of work and perspectives that included the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field and laboratory research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and, successful public campaigns, education and outreach strategies.
ICAIS participants seek opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to improve AIS management globally, with national, regional and local implementation. This year’s conference involved representatives from 17 countries and the conference provided plenty of opportunities for networking and informal discussions to enable such collaborations.
The Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC) is again the official publisher of papers based on presentations made during this year’s conference. There will be special issues of the open-access journals Aquatic Invasions (Guest Editor Dr. Andrew David) and Management of Biological Invasions (Guest Editor Dr. Sarah Bailey). Click here to access the Conference Proceedings web page where updates will be provided as they become available.
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