Aquatic Herbicides Market

Aquatic Herbicides Market Size by Type (Glyphosate, 2-4-D, Imazapyr, Diquat, Triclopyr, and Others), Mode of Application (Foliar and Submerged), Mode of Action (Selective and Non-Selective), Application (Agricultural Waters, Fisheries, Recreational Waters, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14073
  • Published Date: Feb, 2024
  • Pages: 237
  • Category: Chemicals & Materials
  • Format: PDF
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The global aquatic herbicides market was valued at USD 500 million in 2023 and grew at a CAGR of 6% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 895.42 million by 2033. The rising demand to preserve water bodies from weeds and invasive plant species will drive the growth of the global aquatic herbicides market.

Market Introduction:

Aquatic herbicides are formulated to control unwanted aquatic vegetation. They are vital for managing water bodies like lakes, ponds, rivers, and reservoirs. They are Soluble in water, offer variable persistence, and selectively target specific plant types. They are used in waterbody management and aquatic weed control to maintain water flow, prevent algal blooms, and enhance recreational access. Aquatic herbicides are critical for waterbody management as they are vital in controlling invasive species that disrupt ecosystems and compromise water quality. They contribute to preserving and restoring aquatic ecosystems by curbing excessive vegetation. They also target harmful algal blooms to maintain water quality. Additionally, managing aquatic weeds ensures unimpeded water flow in rivers and other water bodies, safeguarding navigation routes and supporting recreational activities like boating and fishing. Controlling excess vegetation prevents the decomposition of plant material, enhancing water quality by averting oxygen consumption and nutrient release. This, in turn, fosters a healthier aquatic environment.

Aquatic Herbicides Market Size

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Recent Development
  • To combat invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, the Adirondack Park Agency decided to proceed with its plan to deploy a chemical herbicide in Lake Luzerne within the town. The town in the southeast Adirondacks intends to use about 10 litres of the pesticide to treat 32 acres of the lake's nearshore waters to eradicate invasive milfoil. Since its discovery on the lake in 1989, invasive milfoil has become an increasingly serious issue. 

Market Dynamics:


The increasing need to maintain healthy quality of waterbody and aquatic environment – The surge in invasive aquatic plant species threatens ecosystems, making herbicides vital for managing and controlling these invasions, safeguarding the balance of aquatic environments. Aquatic herbicides are crucial in reclaiming water quality and biodiversity in degraded lakes, ponds, and rivers. Herbicides are utilized to control unwanted vegetation. Furthermore, the demand is fueled by the need to maintain river water flow and prevent flooding and habitat degradation. Urban and industrial water management also drives demand, as these areas use herbicides to control weeds in stormwater ponds and reservoirs. Additionally, the influence of climate change, contributing to the proliferation of certain aquatic weeds, further amplifies the need for aquatic herbicides as a responsive measure to evolving environmental conditions. Therefore, the multifaceted applications of aquatic herbicides drive their demand in addressing diverse challenges across aquatic ecosystems.

  • In a letter, Uganda expressed its gratitude to Egypt for its assistance in combating aquatic weeds in tropical lakes. According to the Irrigation Ministry, Egypt has sent equipment to Uganda as part of the Uganda-Egypt Aquatic Weed Control Project to eradicate the invasive water hyacinth. The invasive species spread over an area larger than 100 feddans near Port Bell and the Owen Falls Dam after heavy rains caused Lake Victoria's water levels to rise to an unprecedented level, affecting Uganda and other Equatorial Plateau countries.

The non-targeted impact of aquatic herbicides Non-target impact is a cause for concern as these herbicides can harm various aquatic organisms, disrupting the delicate balance of ecosystems. Furthermore, persistent herbicide residues may lead to unforeseen ecological consequences. The development of resistance in weed species, a consequence of repeated herbicide use, challenges the long-term efficacy of herbicides. Disruption of non-weed vegetation is another concern, potentially compromising biodiversity and upsetting ecological equilibrium in aquatic environments globally. Water quality concerns may also arise. The potential for overuse and its associated environmental consequences will also hamper the market’s growth.


Advancements and innovation in aquatic herbicides – Advancements in aquatic herbicides like targeted formulations are improving precision that identifies plant species to be targeted, minimizing impacts on non-target organisms. A significant focus on developing herbicides with reduced environmental persistence and toxicity will promote eco-friendly solutions. For instance, the emergence of bioherbicides derived from natural sources offers environmentally conscious solutions for aquatic weed control. Similarly, improvement in application technologies like enhanced spraying systems and drone-based applications will facilitate the accuracy and efficiency of herbicide distribution, minimizing waste and maximizing efficacy. Therefore, advancements and innovations in aquatic herbicides will drive the market's growth during the forecast period.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the most significant global aquatic herbicides market, with a 40% market revenue share in 2023.

The region is home to a significant proportion of waterbodies dealing with invasive aquatic plant species that threaten native ecosystems. Before, aquatic herbicides were indispensable tools for controlling these invasions, preserving biodiversity, and maintaining the ecological balance of water bodies. These herbicides play a vital role in weed control in irrigation canals, rice paddies, and aquaculture ponds, ensuring optimal crop yields and supporting aquaculture operations. The recreational use of water bodies in North America for activities such as boating and fishing necessitates the management of aquatic weeds using herbicides. Advancements in research and technology have led to the development of more effective and environmentally friendly aquatic herbicides, further boosting their acceptance and use.

North America Region Aquatic Herbicides Market Share in 2023 - 40%

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  • Aquatic plant herbicide treatments were applied to Lake Ballinger to try and lessen the number of curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil that have affected recreational uses. A $15,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology was paid for part of the renovation, with Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace contributing approximately $12,000.
Type Segment Analysis

The type segment is divided into glyphosate, 2-4-d, imazapyr, diquat, triclopyr, and others. The glyphosate segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 37% in 2023. Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide, given its broad-spectrum effectiveness against various plants, finding extensive application in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Glyphosate disrupts plant growth by inhibiting a key enzyme for synthesizing aromatic amino acids. The herbicide is available in various formulations, including liquid concentrates and water-soluble powders, allowing flexibility in application methods such as spraying or injection. Glyphosate is known for its relatively rapid biodegradation in water, minimizing its persistence and reducing long-term environmental impact.

Mode of application Segment Analysis

The mode of application segment is divided into foliar and submerged. The foliar segment dominated the market, with a share of around 55% in 2023. The foliar application method for aquatic herbicides involves directly spraying herbicide onto the above-water foliage of target plants, making it particularly effective for emergent and floating aquatic weeds. Liquid formulations are commonly used for this method. The foliar application provides a degree of selectivity, allowing targeted treatment of specific weed species while minimizing the impact on non-target vegetation. Foliar application offers a versatile and targeted approach to managing aquatic vegetation while minimizing environmental impact.

Mode of action Segment Analysis

The mode of action segment is divided into selective and non-selective. The selective segment dominated the market, with a share of around 56% in 2023. The selective mode of action in aquatic herbicides refers to their ability to target specific plant types while sparing others, providing a precise and environmentally conscious approach to weed management in water bodies. Selectivity allows customization for specific weed populations in a given water body. Selective herbicides ensure minimal harm to aquatic life and preserve the broader ecosystem.

Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into agricultural waters, fisheries, recreational waters, and others. The agricultural waters segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 38% in 2023. Aquatic herbicides play a crucial role in agriculture. It is used in irrigation canal maintenance, ensuring unimpeded water flow, thereby preventing disruptions to the efficient distribution of water to crops. Farm drainage ditches are managed using aquatic herbicides to maintain optimal drainage efficiency. On-site water reservoirs are treated to control the growth of unwanted plants, ensuring a clean water supply for agricultural needs. Aquatic herbicides also find application in preventing weed growth in irrigation infrastructure, preserving the efficiency of irrigation systems.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd
  • Alligare LLC
  • Bayer AG
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • FMC Corporation
  • Lonza Group Ltd
  • SePRO Corporation
  • Solvay SA
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Million)
Market size value in 2023 USD 500 Million
Market size value in 2033 USD 895.42 Million
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 6%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Type, Mode of Application, Mode of Action and Application

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the global aquatic herbicides market was valued at USD 500 million in 2023 to USD 895.42 million by 2033.

Global aquatic herbicides market is growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

The market's growth will be influenced by the increasing need to maintain healthy quality of waterbody and aquatic environment.

The non-targeted impact of aquatic herbicides could hamper the market growth.

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This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global aquatic herbicides market based on below mentioned segments:

Global Aquatic Herbicides Market by Type:

  • Glyphosate
  • 2-4-D
  • Imazapyr
  • Diquat
  • Triclopyr
  • Others

Global Aquatic Herbicides Market by Mode of Application:

  • Foliar
  • Submerged

Global Aquatic Herbicides Market by Mode of Action:

  • Selective
  • Non-Selective

Global Aquatic Herbicides Market by Application:

  • Agricultural Waters
  • Fisheries
  • Recreational Waters
  • Others

Global Aquatic Herbicides Market by Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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