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Help stop spread of aquatic nuisance species in Kansas

Admit it, we’ve all laughed like crazy at the videos of fish jumping crazily out of the water as a boat streaks across a lake or up a river. Sometimes they actually land in the boat; sometimes they actually land in the boat after slapping someone in the boat “up-side-the-head.” It all looks crazy funny […]

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Be warned: It’s invasive species season

It’s now the season to worry about whether that weird flower in the back yard is an innocent plant or an invasive monster, waiting to spread and smother out your flower bed. But it’s more than just gardeners that need to worry. Boaters, bikers, ATVers or even hikers are capable of accidentally bringing foreign plants […]

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Students help battle invasive species in Lake Superior

Keweenaw Peninsula students in northern Michigan are doing their part in the battle against invasive species in Lake Superior. The Dollar Bay High School Soar Enterprise Team sailed out to Isle Royale on Tuesday to test devices they built this school year. “Their main solution is for when they need to — the community organizations […]

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New York state expands fight over invasive species; Adirondack checkpoints increase for summer of 2017

New York state is expanding its partnership with Paul Smith College’s in the fight against the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondack Mountains. The so-called Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program will place 53 boat stewards and decontamination operators at 28 sites throughout the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks has more than 2,300 lakes and ponds, […]

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Lake Havasu Marine Association unveils BLM partnership

At Vidal Junction, on the Arizona-California border, about 940 boats have been quarantined in the past four years. Of those watercraft, 700 were quarantined due to mussels attached to their anchors. The Lake Havasu Marine Association has for three years worked with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in its fight against invasive Quagga mussels, […]

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Nebraska Plans Boat Inspections to Thwart Invasive Species

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is planning boat inspections on public waters this summer as part of its effort to stem the tide of invasive species. The commission says the inspections will include surveys about operators’ recent boating activities, followed by examinations of their watercrafts. They’ll also be given information on ways to prevent […]

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Minnesota County ready for another summer of protecting lakes

Kandiyohi County is using training, public education, technology and good old-fashioned boots on the ground this summer in the ongoing war against aquatic invasive species. Inspectors had a busy weekend during the fishing opener earlier this month. Look for activity to ramp up even more in time for the Memorial Day weekend, when summer in […]

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New York’s New Program to Protect Adirondack’s Waterways

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is expanding its partnership with Paul Smith’s College’s Adirondack Institute Stewardship Program to protect the Adirondacks against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) through boat stewards and decontamination stations. “This valuable partnership with Paul Smith’s College is an important step in Governor Cuomo’s ongoing efforts to preserve the […]

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Aquatic invasive species boat inspectors working across Nebraska

Boaters enjoying Nebraska’s public waters may be contacted by boat inspectors this summer. The goal of these inspections is to reduce the risk of aquatic invasive species (AIS) being spread across the state. Inspections will include a survey of boat operators about their recent boating activities, followed by an examination of their watercraft. Participants will […]

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New Zealand Scientists plan to use novel technology in detecting marine invaders

Some of New Zealand’s international marine biosecurity partners are in the country to workshop the development of exciting new molecular (DNA/RNA) technologies that will enhance our ability to rapidly detect marine pests. The expert group are spending two days with New Zealand scientists at Cawthron Institute; sharing their knowledge of molecular tools that will strengthen […]

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