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2016-2020 Aquatic Invasive Species Management Strategic Plan

The Department of Game, Fish & Parks has developed an Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan to guide department activities relating to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  This plan is an extension of the 2008 Statewide AIS Management plan and was developed with cooperation from many state, federal and non-governmental partners in an effort to control and prevent the spread of AIS such as Invasive carp and Zebra mussels in the state. “While input was gathered from many different groups in South Dakota during the drafting of this plan, it is important that the public review this draft and provide input. This will help ensure a final plan that address all issues and management needs.”, said Mike Smith, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the department.

The plan highlights many of the problems that AIS may cause for the aquatic resources of the state and for boaters, anglers, and others who rely on these resources. Issues that may impact the department’s AIS management activities are also identified in the plan.  A five-year strategic plan that includes specific goals, strategies and tasks seeking to address these issues and mitigate the impacts of AIS on South Dakota’s aquatic resources is also included in the document.
The draft plan is available below. Comments will be accepted through May 4th and an updated version of the draft will be presented to the GFP Commission for consideration at their May 5th and 6th meeting in Custer State Park.

2016-2020 Management Plan

Individuals can provide written comments to the Department by sending them to 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to mikejo.smith@state.sd.us. To be included in the public record, comments must include a full name and city of residence.

For additional information please contact the AIS Coordinator:
Mike Smith | AIS Coordinator/Senior Biologist
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks
20641 SD HWY 1806 | Ft. Pierre, SD 57532 605.223.7706 | mikejo.smith@state.sd.us