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.