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Asian carp invasion in Kentucky continues to grow

With the sun out and the water warming up, we are hitting the boating season. However, that comes with the threat of getting hit in the head by very big flying fish. The state has issued warnings to boaters, water skiers, and tubers. Silver Carp, or Asian Carp, are flourishing in the Ohio River and […]

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New app to help combat spread of invasive species in Ireland

The war against invasive species in Limerick, Ireland has intensified, thanks to the involvement of the public and a piece of smart-phone technology. A new app, Report Invasive Species, which was launched by Limerick City and County Council in February,  has seen hundreds of reports submitted about giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and winter heliotrope […]

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Yellowstone Weighs Ban on Felt-Soled Wading Boots

Yellowstone National Park officials are weighing whether to ban felt-soled wading boots in all park waters.  According to East Idaho News, the ban is aimed at curbing the influx of aquatic invasive species into Yellowstone’s various rivers, streams, and lakes. Although lake trout is the big baddie among conservationists and fishery officials, there are a […]

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Like Groundhog Day, the Ballast Water Bill Is Back Again

It feels like Groundhog Day…..again. Because the Senate Commerce Committee just snuck what is essentially the same ballast water bill we have been beating back every year into the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. And then they voted it to the Senate floor. The legislation is custom-designed to allow the shipping industry to operate outside the […]

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Can Markets Handle Invasive Species?

Markets are great at solving the problems of allocating resources for useful things like bread, cars, and iPhones. But can the forces of supply and demand address the dynamic problem of invasive species? Consider the case of the lionfish. “The lionfish invasion is probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face,” Graham Maddocks, […]

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All Montana Anglers Must Now Purchase Aquatic Invasive Species Pass

Anglers in Montana will need to purchase an aquatic invasive species prevention pass following legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock. The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/2qF89gg ) Bullock signed the bill Thursday. It requires all anglers, including those who have already purchased a fishing license, to buy the prevention pass. The pass fee is the main […]

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Montana Tribes release aquatic invasive species website

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources Department announces the development of an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) website. The website address is www.csktnomussssels.org This website is designed to provide public education and share information about the science, prevention about the risk of AIS in the water bodies of the Flathead Reservation.  Click on the […]

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New bill could roll back Great Lakes protections, let in invasive species

A new federal bill up for a vote in Congress Thursday could hurt efforts to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species. An amendment to a Coast Guard bill would loosen regulations against ballast water discharges by cargo ships. Experts say this is one way that invasive species enter new environments. Marc Smith is Regional […]

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A New Vector – Tiny invasive sea creatures hitch a ride in rabbitfish guts

It’s the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Suez Canal. Tiny invasive creatures thumb a ride inside the gut of rabbitfish, hopping from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. This is the first time such a tactic has been seen in the ocean. The rabbitfish are herbivores, but as they eat algae they ingest microscopic marine creatures […]

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Michigan seeks eureka cry on carp control

Imagine the governor of Michigan as a contestant on the game show, “Who wants to be a millionaire?” The question: “How do you stop carp from invading the Great Lakes?” Gov. Rick Snyder doesn’t know. He must decide to call an expert friend or ask the crowd. He chooses the crowd. Good choice. The everyday […]

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