Archive for General News

Exotic species – Cheaper to block than treat

The Great Lakes Fish Commission (GLFC) considers the sea lamprey invasion to be the worst ecological disaster to have been inflicted on the Great Lakes. They gained entry into the system through the Welland canal in about 1921. By 1939, they were present throughout the Great Lakes system and killed 100 million pounds of fish […]

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AIS inspection station employees’ recognized by Tribal Council of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have been on the forefront of the battle against the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Flathead Basin and by extension the Columbia River Basin. Walking point is its Natural Resources Department’s Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Division and its AIS program. They are adamant about halting […]

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Minnesota DNR Ends Invasive-species Grants Citing Budget Crunch

Even as zebra mussels, starry stonewort weed and giant Asian carp invade more of Minnesota’s waterways, the state Department of Natural Resources is eliminating aquatic invasive-species grants to local groups due to a budget shortfall. In a recent email sent to local government agencies and nonprofit groups like lake associations that conduct invasive-species education and […]

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Threatening the Great Lakes

The principle a doctor is supposed to follow in dealing with patients is, “first, do no harm.” The most valuable natural resource this state and region has is undoubtedly the Great Lakes. They contain twenty percent of the world’s surface fresh water. They mean billions of dollars every year in recreational boating and fishing and […]

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Rather than being Free of Values, Good Science is Transparent about Them

Scientists these days face a conundrum. As Americans are buffeted by accounts of fake news, alternative facts and deceptive social media campaigns, how can researchers and their scientific expertise contribute meaningfully to the conversation? There is a common perception that science is a matter of hard facts and that it can and should remain insulated from the social and political interests […]

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Fishing for Business

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have been on the forefront leading the fight against the potential invasion of quagga and zebra mussels in the Flathead Basin, that includes Flathead Lake.  Click on the following three sentences to access the full story. They know all too well the negative effects of a non-native species in […]

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Professor talks relationship between invasive species and climate change

Bethany Bradley, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, explained how rising temperatures, human dispersal and increasing carbon dioxide levels allow invasive species to thrive, speaking to a group of 14 students and faculty members in the Morrill Science Center via a webinar Wednesday afternoon. Bradley is an associate professor in the department of environmental […]

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Oregon Marine Board to Mail 75,000 Renewals to Boaters with Expiring Registrations

The Oregon State Marine Board is mailing approximately 75,000 boat registration renewal notices to boaters whose boat registration expires on December 31, 2017. Each renewal notice is unique to the owner and their boat. Boaters have three options to renew. The fastest option is online using the Marine Board’s online store. After completing the transaction, boaters […]

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