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Ballast Systems Designed to Keep Non-native Organisms at Bay

The maritime industry is closer to solving the age-old problem of preventing aquatic organisms from hitchhiking across the globe in the bellies of its vessels. Ships are now required to install complex systems that prevent invasive species from finding new homes, spurring a multibillion-dollar industry for companies that can master the technology. Companies chasing that […]

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Broad Conservation – Protect the Unknowns

In a recent News In Depth story “New ape found, sparking fears for its survival” (3 November, p. 572), E. Stokstad discusses the recent description of a new orangutan species (Pongo tapanuliensis) in northern Sumatra. The species description is again stirring the debate over what qualifies as a species and how taxonomic ambiguity shapes conservation efforts. […]

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Lake Hopatcong Foundation Annouces Results of 2017 Weed Control Techniques

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation retained the services Princeton Hydro during the spring and summer 2017 to conduct a study to determine the relative effectiveness of various techniques to reduce nuisance densities of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). The three plant reduction techniques included: herbicide applications, herbicide application followed by harvesting and hydroraking.  Click on the following sentence to access […]

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Offers Aquatic Invasive Species Grants

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state fiscal year 2018–2019 under the Aquatic Invasive Species program.  As zebra mussels continue to spread in Texas, data on economic impacts will be essential to informing prevention efforts as well as managers of facilities on water bodies facing potential invasion. This request […]

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Asian Carp Expert to Lead New Shedd Research Team

Andrew Casper’s 30-year career in biology research has taken place entirely in academia and government, from restoring oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to studying fish interactions in large rivers for a public university. But with traditional funding sources already on the decline and facing even greater threats under the Trump […]

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In San Francisco, Wet Winters can Switch Up Bay’s Invasive Species

For many Californians, last year’s wet winter triggered a case of whiplash. After five years of drought, rain from October 2016 to February 2017 broke more than a century of records thanks to a series of “Pineapple Express” storms, referring to atmospheric rivers that ferry moisture from Hawaii to the Pacific Coast. In San Francisco Bay, Smithsonian […]

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Bi-National Commission Faults Governments for Problems in Great Lakes

The governments of Canada and the United States are failing to keep the Great Lakes healthy, according to a new report from the International Joint Commission (IJC). The report, released last week by the joint Canadian-American organization created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, highlighted some of the major challenges to the Great Lakes. […]

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CSKT are a Key Component of Halting the Spread of AIS in Flathead Basin

It is an epic battle that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Basin Commission as well as the State of Montana are in when it comes to halting the potential spread of zebra and quagga mussels into the Flathead Basin, and by proxy the Columbia River Basin and the Northwest from the […]

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Feds Invest Money into Protecting the Great Lakes

The Canadian federal government has announced that it will invest $44.84 million in to the Great Lakes Protection Initiative.  The money is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection in the 2017 budget. Sault MP Terry Sheehan said the investment will tackle various issues that matter to the lives of […]

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Wisconsin Community Looks to Improve Lake

Fisherman in Necedah may soon have more accurate information on the lake. The Village Board of Necedah heard a presentation by Sara Hatleli of Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services, on Dec. 4. In 2014, there were concerns about the Necedah pond having too much vegetation. Hatleli was contacted and applied for a grant. In 2015, […]

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