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

This website will help to explain why and how aquatic plants are managed in Florida waters. These five sections will guide you through 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.

 

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