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Montana’s fisheries budget to be cut by $1 million

Montana officials are looking to cut the state’s fisheries budget by about $1 million to make up for a decline in the federal money and to stay within the spending authorized by the 2017 Montana Legislature. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has identified parts of the fisheries division’s budget that can be cut, including some […]

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Salmon-spilling firm offered tribe cash to keep quiet on ban

Cooke Aquaculture offered the Lummi Nation a premium price for the fish it caught that had escaped from Cooke pens, in exchange for keeping silent about a ban on net pen Atlantic salmon farms in Washington. The tribe called the offer “insulting.”  Click on the following sentence to access the full story. Nell Halse, vice […]

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How Pet Snakes Set Off an Unlikely Chain of Events That Could Make You Sick

Opossums, raccoons and deer all but disappeared from Everglades National Park in Florida after the Burmese python invaded. When they vanished, mosquitos turned to feeding on rats that can carry encephalitis. That could put humans at risk.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story. Kenneth L. Gage, an entomologist and ecologist at […]

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Diabolical’ mussels begin their march into Montana

Invasive mussels haunt Georgia Smies. A soft-spoken but ebullient Southerner, Smies has spent the last year and a half working as a water-quality specialist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, on the clear waters of Flathead Lake in western Montana. A prehistoric remnant of Glacial Lake Missoula, Flathead is ringed by forests of fir […]

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Synthetic Incompatibility – A New Tool in the Invasive Species Toolbox?

A major obstacle to applying genetic engineering to benefit humans and the environment is the risk that organisms whose genes have been altered might produce offspring with their natural counterparts, releasing the novel genes into the wild. Now, researchers from the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute have developed a promising way to prevent such interbreeding. […]

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‘Ecological Roulette’ – Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii!!

Jellyfish, crabs, sponges, mollusks and more — nearly 70 species in all — have hitched a ride on marine debris to Hawaii from Japan since the March 2011 tsunami there, according to the lead author of a new study published in Science Magazine. Jim Carlton, a marine sciences professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, said the finding […]

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Pilot program to protect Flathead Basin from mussels facing challenges

A legislatively mandated pilot program designed to enhance protection from invasive mussels in the Flathead Basin is facing challenges on two fronts. As part of HB 622, the Legislature gave the Flathead Basin Commission authority to establish and manage the Upper Columbia pilot program. The program would add more certification stations, track vessels that require […]

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