What Are Aquatic Invasive Species?
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are those that impact water bodies and wetlands. Whether they come on the trailers or hulls of recreational boats, or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, several non-native invasive species such as New Zealand mud snails and Eurasian watermilfoil have found their way into Montana’s water bodies. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism. However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is part of a strong partnership of public and private stakeholders in Montana committed to an effective strategy of prevention, containment and control. The more you know about these invaders, the more you can do to help stop the spread to Montana's precious waters.