Invasive species policy and management has just started growing in awareness over the past few decades. The increase in invasive species is a growing global concern that is costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. For instance, zebra mussels alone cost $3 million annually. This $3 million escalades, and deeply impacts our economy. Lodge et al. (2006) has recommended six actions that the federal government should take; 1) Use information and practices to reduce the transportation of invasive species, 2) Develop a quantitative process for risk analysis, 3) Use cost-effective technology for the sharing of invasive species information, 4) Provide emergency funding to high risk areas, 5) Provide funding to programs that control already existing invasive species, and 6) Establish a National Center for Invasive Species Management.
One of the most important things to remember is early detection. Through early detection and rapid response, the prevention of invasive species greatly increases. If an invasive species already exists, the key is control and slowing the spread of the alien species. The last and final resort to invasive species is adaption. We must change our behavior of invasive species and bear the financial burden that they leave on us. Looking at these options, prevention and early detection are the clear solution to these problems.