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Process of Elimination (Eradicating Invasive Species)

Karl Campbell a craftsman bedeviled by bad tools. He’s a middle-aged, medium-size, muscular Australian with a five-day beard and an intense gaze who seems perpetually coiled, even angry, when at rest. He’s smiling and relaxed only when his body is in motion—preferably fixing something, building something, or killing something. His craft—and his mission—is saving as many […]

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A Preventable Failure

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, an open net-pen fish farm that contained over 300,000 non-native Atlantic salmon collapsed and released more than 260,000 fish into the Salish Sea. Located along the coast of Cypress Island in the San Juan Islands, the farm is owned by Cooke Aquaculture, which is headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada. Three […]

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Is Wisconsin’s Prized Brook Trout in Danger – How Environmentally Conscious Anglers can Slow the Pace of an Invasive Species

The New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) has made its way, uninvited, into Wisconsin streams and is sharing an environment with the native brook trout, a prized sport fish. In the unglaciated driftless region—a 24,000 square-mile area in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and northwest Illinois—600 cold water spring-fed streams provide an ideal habitat for […]

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Adirondack Invasive Species Programs Working!!

For the first time in a decade, no new Adirondack lakes were reported to be infested by aquatic invasive species (AIS). This highlights the importance of spread prevention efforts to protect Adirondack waters from the harmful economic, ecological and social impacts of AIS and reconfirms the value of continued monitoring. With nearly 75% of Adirondack […]

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Scientists Try Crowdsourcing; Offer Six-Figure Prize to Stop Invasive Mussels

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.” The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped. “We might as well give it a try,” said Sherri Pucherelli, a biologist with the […]

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Whirling Disease Discovered in East Tennessee Trout

The first-ever case of whirling disease in trout has been discovered in two East Tennessee tailwaters. Whirling disease was recently discovered by biologists during their annual trout population monitoring in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters. Whirling disease, a condition caused by a non-native microscopic parasite, affects fish in the trout and salmon family, including […]

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Zebra Mussels Pose Risk to Texas’ Barton Springs Pool

The invasive species of zebra mussels has now been found in Lake Austin. Downstream, in Lady Bird Lake, zebra mussel larvae have been found. Both along with Lake Travis are on a watch-list by Texas Parks and Wildlife, which has been mapping out areas where zebra mussels have been detected. “We really don’t know how […]

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Green Cotton Candy’s Lethal Ingredients found in Wisconsin Lakes

An explosion of the zebra mussel population in Lake Mendota this year could mean more foul-smelling shoreline slime and repeats of the major fish kill and vast bloom of toxic bacteria that hit Madison’s lakes already this summer, experts say. Farm pollution is the main driver of this month’s surprisingly severe water quality woes, but […]

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Invasive Species of Shrimp found in Lake Superior

An invasive shrimp has been found in Lake Superior for the first time. A single specimen of the bloody-red shrimp was collected from a sweep net sample taken near the Allouez Bay in Superior, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified the bloody-red shrimp, scientifically called Hemimysis […]

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Montana Inspectors Needed to Muscle Out Invasive Mussels

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to keep aquatic invasive species such as quagga mussels out of Montana waterways. The system of roadside inspection stations will continue this year. And to make the system work, inspectors will be hired. The seasonal jobs have competitive pay with benefits and run from April through October, officials […]

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