Hollin named to aquatic nuisance species advisory panel

December 18, 2007

By Dewayne Hollin

The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s marine business specialist, Dewayne Hollin, has been appointed to the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Aquatic nuisance species are non-indigenous organisms — primarily aquatic or land-based plants and animals — that are introduced into new habitats with often destructive consequences for native species in a given ecosystem.

The Regional Panel is charged with advising the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) on matters concerning research needs, planning activities and prioritization of invasive species issues in a seven state area stretching along the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Ocean from Texas to South Carolina.

As explained on its Web page, “The ANSTF is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species, and implementing the Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (NANPCA) of 1990. The various NANPCA mandates were expanded later with the passage of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) in 1996. “The Task Force consists of 10 Federal agency representatives and 12 Ex-officio members, and is co-chaired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Task force coordinates governmental efforts dealing with ANS in the U.S. with those of the private sector and other North American interests via regional panels and issue specific committees and work groups.”

The Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel is one of six such advisory groups which, in total, cover all 50 states. Hollin has been involved with aquatic nuisance species issues for the past 122 years and he currently serves on the Galveston Bay Estuary Program’s Invasive Species Workgroup.

For more information contact:
Dewayne Hollin,
979-845-3857,
dhollin@tamu.edu

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.