Archive for Species Specific News

More Invasive Green Crabs Found Near Sequim

A team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to catch more invasive European green crabs on the Dungeness Spit on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula Daily News reports (https://goo.gl/Oy6i5c ) 60 crabs had been caught as of Thursday after more traps were placed. Crews at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge […]

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Invasive hydrilla a problem for aquatic life and humans

With the first major boating weekend of the year coming up, it’s a great time to remind everyone of a plant that’s a major threat to area waterways. Hydrilla isn’t what most people think of when they think about Memorial Day weekend, but this aquatic invasive plant is definitely on the minds of aquatic biologists, […]

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Asian carp would cluster along Lake Michigan shorelines, says study

If bighead and silver Asian carp reach Lake Michigan, a new U.S. Geological Survey study suggests the unwelcome invaders would congregate in protected waters like Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Macatawa and Green Bay. “If I were a bighead or silver carp, I’d probably live in one of those embayments,” said Duane Chapman, a USGS researcher […]

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Invasive plant phragmites a strain on wildlife, local resources

As temperatures begin to climb, officials are reminding Ontarians to be aware of the increase in non-native wildlife and the impact these invasive species can have. One plant southern Ontarians should keep an eye out for is phragmites — a tall weed with rough stalks and a tassel-like top, Kellie Sherman of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council […]

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Cash for Pike in Colorado

A cash-based incentive offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board encouraging anglers to catch northern pike at Green Mountain Reservoir resumes this year on May 25. Initiated in 2016, the reward program encourages anglers to participate directly in ongoing efforts to remove the illegally introduced predators from the reservoir. CPW […]

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Michigan DNR Requests Assistance in Containing Fish Virus Outbreak

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is requesting the assistance of anglers and the bait industry in containing the recent outbreak of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv) in the St. Clair River/Lake Erie corridor so it doesn’t spread to other waters. Cold water temperatures are allowing VHSv to continue to affect fish from the St. […]

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Snakeheads – Not All Bad News

They were called “frankenfish” and “fishzilla,” as if they were created in the laboratory of a mad scientist. They even morphed into a mythological creature that could walk across dry land and survive out of water for days. The hysteria around snakeheads also spawned a rash of B-list movies. One included gruesome attacks by roving […]

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Minnesota’s Lake Margaret being treated for curly leaf pondweed

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association and the Lake Margaret Conservation Association have contracted to treat curly leaf pondweed, an aquatic invasive species in Lake Margaret, in 2017. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted to the Lake Margaret Conservation Association a waiver of the requirement that the association obtain the signatures of approval […]

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Invasive Mussels Threaten Western State Waters

The aggressive aquatic nuisance species inspection program operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been successful in keeping quagga and zebra mussels out of the state. Waters in several surrounding states, however, are infested with mussels and that is a serious problem for Colorado. So far this spring, boats brought into Colorado from Arizona, Kentucky, […]

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‘Citizen-scientists’ needed to control green crabs

Gabby Bradt hopes volunteer beachcombers will help her map the locations of male green crabs, in an effort to predict when they’ll molt, so the population of the invasive species can be curtailed by using them for food. While encouraging families to participate, Bradt is asking people to turn over rocks and brush aside rockweed […]

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