Maintenance Control Strategy
Decades of experience and technical research have taught the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other plant management agencies that maintaining invasive aquatic weed species at low levels is the most environmentally sensitive method for managing these serious weed problems. Eradication (the complete removal) of a widely distributed and well established invasive plant species is often not possible or economically practical, so plant managers have developed the strategy of maintenance control. Maintenance control is the coordinated and consistent management of invasive plants in order to maintain the plant population at low levels. This level is determined by experienced managers at the FWC and decisions are influenced by factors including funding, available technology, and current conditions.