Aquatic plants play an integral role in sustaining Florida’s healthy aquatic ecosystems, but occasionally some of the vegetation, especially invasive, non-native plants, interferes with the use and function of these natural resources.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the State’s lead agency, authorized by the Florida Legislature (Section 369.20(2), Florida Statutes) to direct the control of aquatic plants. This website will help to explain why and how aquatic plants are managed in Florida waters. These five sections will guide you through the conditions that contribute to aquatic plant problems and the many factors considered by FWC biologists when developing aquatic plant management plans for Florida waters. Our priority is to manage invasive plants while also conserving and enhancing our unique aquatic habitats and wildlife communities.

Topics Covered On This Site

1. Why Manage Plants?

Learn about the ecology of plants in Florida waters and the impacts of invasive plants.

2. Overview of Florida Waters

Explore our unique aquatic systems, their uses, and water quality considerations for each.

3. Control Methods

Facts about the tools available for aquatic plant management in Florida.

4. Developing Management Plans

Detailed considerations used by the FWC when developing management strategies.

5. Research and Outreach

FWC aquatic plant management represents decades of research, education and outreach.

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