Predicting the next invasive species allows us to take action before they reach our waterways—an economically and environmentally smarter approach than responding after they’ve arrived.
To get a jump on potential invaders, scientists have developed methods that pinpoint the risk a species poses to specific environments based on factors like history of invasion, its ability to survive in similar habitats, and how difficult it is to control. Using these tools and the information they provide, natural resource managers, environmental educators and individuals who buy and sell live aquatic organisms can make more informed decisions on how to protect their waterways from potential AIM.
Click on the map to find risk assessment resources appropriate for your region. Tools developed for regions outside of North America—found under “International”—may also be applicable. Contact your state natural resources agency to learn more about resources for your area.