Our program works with numerous partners and collaboraters who contribute in a variety of ways towards our program goal to provide information on nonindigenous aquatic species. Our key partners are listed below, but we would like to extend our gratitude to all who contribute.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

USFWS logo - click to go to the USFWS homepage The Mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. SERC logo - click to go to the SERC homepage The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is a global leader in the study of ecosystems in the coastal zone, where land and water meet and where human populations and their impacts are most concentrated.


National Biological Information Infrastructure

NatureServe logo - click to go to the NatureServe homepage NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. NBII logo - click to go to the NBII  homepage The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) was a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The mission of NBII was to collect and organize biological data from the U.S. and make it available to scientists, resource managers, policy-makers, educators and the general public.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Department of Agriculture

NOAA logo - click to go to the NOAA homepage The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans. USDA logo - click to go to the USDA homepage The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Pacific Basin Information Node

GLERL logo - click to go to the GLERL homepage The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) conducts high-quality research and provides scientific leadership on important issues in both Great Lakes and marine coastal environments leading to new knowledge, tools, approaches, awareness and service. PBIN logo - click to go to the PBIN homepage PBIN was a regional node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). NBII was a project office within the Biological Resources Division (BRD) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force

Protect Your Waters

ANS logo - click to go to the USFWS homepage The ANS program addresses all new nonindigenous aquatic species activities that are conducted, funded, or authorized by the Federal Government, except those involving intentional introductions. It seeks to complement effective existing nonindigenous species activities rather than supplant them. To achieve its goals, the ANS program consists of three elements as well as several supporting elements and related activities. The core elements are prevention, detection and monitoring, and control. Protect Your Waters logo - click to go to their  homepage The "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" campaign and the Protect Your Waters web site empower recreational users to become part of the solution in stopping the transport and spread of these harmful hitchhikers.


Reef Environmental Education Foundation

Habitattitude logo - click to go to the Habitattitude homepage The national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, working through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the National Sea Grant College Program and state fish and wildlife agencies has launched a new public awareness campaign called Habitattitude™. REEF logo - click to go to the REEF homepage The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.



EDDMapS logo - click to go to the EDDMapS homepage EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species. EDDMapS goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. iMapInvasives logo - click to go to the iMapInvasives homepage The iMapInvasives Partnership facilitates the management and sharing of invasive species information, including extent of infestations, search efforts, and treatment outcomes. The Partnership seeks to support all those working to safeguard environmental resources from the effects of invasive species including citizens, volunteers, natural and agricultural resource managers, as well as scientists, program administrators, and policy makers.


We would like to thank the following people for allowing us to use their images on our site banners:

Gerald and Buff Corsi (California Academy of Sciences, The Manzanita Project), Pterois volitans and Aurelia aurita images

H. Vannoy Davis (California Academy of Sciences, The Manzanita Project), Varanus niloticus niloticus image

William Flaxington, Osteopilus septentrionalis and Trachemys scripta elegans images

Nick Kurzenko, Nelumbo nucifera image

Jessica Miller, Cynops pyrrhogaster image

George W. Robinson (California Academy of Sciences, The Manzanita Project), Caiman crocodilus image

Chuck Savall, sponge image for banner


The data represented on this site vary in accuracy, scale, completeness, extent of coverage and origin. It is the user's responsibility to use these data consistent with their intended purpose and within stated limitations. We highly recommend reviewing metadata files prior to interpreting these data.

Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2024]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [4/15/2024].

Contact us if you are using data from this site for a publication to make sure the data are being used appropriately and for potential co-authorship if warranted.

For general information and questions about the database, contact Wesley Daniel. For problems and technical issues, contact Matthew Neilson.