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N.H. Boaters: Beware of New Law to Ward Off Invasive Aquatic Species

A new law is in effect this year that could affect anyone putting a boat into New Hampshire’s waters this summer. The law is intended to prevent aquatic invasive species from spreading in New Hampshire. These are plants and animals that hitchhike from different bodies of waters across the country on boats and kayaks and […]

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Eat them to beat them – St. Lucian ‘conservation cuisine’ battles lionfish

Lionfish, one of the most destructive invasive fish species ever to reach the Caribbean, are wreaking irreparable damage on coral reefs by eating practically everything they come across. And they eat a lot: A lionfish’s stomach can expand up to 30 times its normal size. It has become of particular concern to environmentalists who lament […]

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Keeping Montana waterways clear of invasive mussels

With a beautiful forecast for the holiday weekend, many people will hit the state’s waterways. But the threat of aquatic invasive species is still out there and Fish Wildlife and Parks will continue to hold checkpoints at major lakes to make sure that no watercraft are transporting mussels. “If they are headed to Canyon Ferry to motorboat or […]

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Brain-invading parasite, potentially deadly, found in five Florida counties

A parasite that is potentially fatal in humans was located in five Florida counties, according to University of Florida researchers. The study published in PLOS one reported that rats and snails in St. Johns, Alacua, Leon, Orange and Hillsborough counties contained the rat lungworm parasite. Rat lungworm, which originated in Hawaii, affects humans if they ingest infected […]

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New Braunfels restaurant serves exotic fish in effort to protect coral reefs

“They put it on the menu and I had to get some,” said Larry Schodts, a regular patron at The Downtowner in New Braunfels. What is the hot, new menu item everyone is ordering? It is an invasive, venomous, but unique-looking species: the Lionfish. “It’s a white, delicious, flaky fish,” explained Chad Niland, Executive Chef […]

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Invasive Species Bill Adds Fee to Flathead, MT Electric Members

A Montana Senate bill designed to fund the fight against aquatic invasive species will place an additional financial burden on members of the Flathead Electric Cooperative. The measure, Senate Bill 363, spearheaded by Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, funds $13.9 million over two years to fight aquatic invasive species, in part by adding a fee to […]

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Antarctic ‘winners and losers’ as foreign invasion looms

Antarctica’s native species are facing invasion as climate change dramatically expands the continent’s ice-free zones, a new study warns. Australian researchers say the warming climate could see ice-free areas increase by almost 25 per cent by the end of the century. Invasive species that are already changing the ecology of sub-Antarctic islands are likely to […]

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Water gardeners beware – Keep nature and your landscape separate

Water gardens are a wonderful landscaping feature that add peace and serenity to many of our backyards during the summer. However, tending a water garden requires many important considerations, including which species to put in the garden and what to do with them when they grow too large or are no longer desired. Many popular aquatic […]

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