Existing Regulations:

AZ Administrative Code

Listing includes ANS - water hyacinth, quarantine rules for moving equipment from infested areas, inspections, etc.

Listing includes ANS - water hyacinth, hydrilla

Live baitfish shall not be transported from the waters where taken
except as allowed in R12-4-316.

The Department may establish wildlife check stations to gather biological information and to enforce wildlife laws.

Only approved species, from approved areas

Defines "Restricted Live Wildlife" includes ANS

In addition to those prohibitions in A.R.S. 17-306, no person shall
give away, rent or lease, purchase, exhibit or display for any purpose,
offer for sale, sell as live bait, propagate, stock, or export any live
wildlife or kill any captive wildlife, or operate a shooting preserve,
except as authorized by this Chapter.

Jurisdiction to take released or escaped wildlife Dept. of Game & Fish

Lists zebra mussel as "restricted"

No stocking of fish without permit


AZ Revised Statutes

Jurisdiction to control noxious weeds - Dept. of Agriculture


State and Regional Aquatic Nuisance Species Plans:


The plan is still in "Straw Dog" stage, but identifies strategic actions and tasks
including the need to establish interjurisdictional approaches and processes,
advisory groups, etc.

Draft plan for consideration by the Colorado River Fish and Wildlife Council

"The purpose of this management plan is to provide coordination of actions to address the prevention, control and impacts of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species that have invaded or may invade the Colorado River Basin and inland waters of the states in the region (Note that in this document, reference to aquatic nuisance species will imply that the species is nonindigenous.). This plan is intended to advance a cooperative regional approach to ANS management. It will provide a communication framework among the CRFWC member states by identifying the appropriate ANS contacts. This plan does not emphasize control or monitoring efforts, however it does not completely leave them out as there may be instances where regional control or monitoring will make the most sense. Additionally it is not intended to replace comprehensive state plans of the members states."


Among the, National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, Utah Division of Water Quality, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, PacifiCorp, Salt Lake County Fish and Game Association, Central Utah Water District

"This MOU establishes a general framework for cooperation and participation among the Cooperators in the exercise of their responsibilities regarding the conservation and protection of Utah water resources from the invasion of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS). In addition, this MOU provides a mechanism by which the Cooperators can, whenever feasible, provide advice in support of the advancement of programs and initiatives that relate to the spread of ANS."




Aquatic Nuisance Species In Arizona - web site: []

100th Meridian Initiative: AZ is unofficially participating. Agencies to be involved are Dept of Game and Fish, Dept of Agriculture, University of AZ, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation.

Risk analyses have not been conducted for a potential zebra mussel invasion

Because the State ANS plan is still in draft stages there is no one primary authority responsible for an invasion. Authority would go to the agency with jurisdiction over the infested area. No emergency response plans have been formulated.

AZ DEQ does not officially consider ANS as biological pollution.

Irrigation districts treating aquatic weeds in an ad hoc manner, plan is to eventually develop aquatic weed management areas along the lines of a noxious weed management area.