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50 Sportsmen’s Groups Support Swift Action on Asian Carp Plan

50 hunting, angling, conservation and outdoor industry organizations submitted public comments today in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Tentatively Selected Plan (plan) to improve defenses at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam, near Joliet, Illinois, and […]

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Sportfishing vs. Maritime Traffic Interests – The Asian Carp Dilemma

A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging consideration of alternatives to proposed structures that could affect maritime traffic from the Mississippi […]

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What to do with invasive species? Put ‘em on the menu.

Sourcing fish sustainably can be a difficult challenge for restaurant operators, but some chefs are going beyond that. They’re not just using seafood caught responsibly from healthy fisheries, or farmed fish raised without damaging the environment. They are working to cut down on the populations of invasive species by feeding them to their customers. That’s […]

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Ohio Attorney General Calls for Tougher Action to Stop Asian Carp

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reiterated his desire for tougher action to stop destructive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes on Thursday, telling the Army Corps of Engineers it should close the Brandon Road lock near Joliet, Ill. Mr. DeWine made the recommendation in comments submitted to the Corps about its plan to prevent […]

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Teen Detectives Using DNA to Stalk Invasive Fish

Once they infiltrate bodies of water, northern snakeheads are hard to shake. The invasive fish lock their needle-sharp teeth around other fish, native birds, and small mammals, and they reproduce like crazy. Within two years, a single female can deposit 150,000 eggs. As long as they stay wet, they can survive on land for days, flailing their fins […]

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Sportfishing Industry Funds Lionfish Removal

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), along with other fishing and boating industry leaders and organizations, presented the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) with funding to support the 2018 tagged-lionfish removal incentive program. The program rewards harvesters who find and remove previously tagged lionfish from waters around the state of Florida. ASA’s contribution is part of an overall $25,000 […]

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Plan to Block Invasive Fish Worries Louisiana Business Group

A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging consideration of alternatives to proposed structures that could affect maritime traffic from the Mississippi River to the Great […]

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Silver Carp – A Tasty Pestilence

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the invasive species of fish that has infiltrated Kentucky’s waterways. Asian carp were discovered here a few years ago, and now are referred to locally as silver carp, or Kentucky silver carp. The bad news is they present a hazard to other fish species because of their rapid […]

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Surviving the Onslaught of Invasive Species

No place on the planet is truly isolated anymore, which means invasive species travel as easy as humans, hitchhiking on boats and planes with potentially devastating effects on the ecosystems they land in. According to UC Berkeley insect ecologist Rosemary Gillespie, we are basically putting biodiversity in a blender and seeing what comes out.  Click […]

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Should We Fight Invasive Species with Genetic Engineering?

Three years ago, biological engineer Kevin Esvelt proposed a new way to genetically modify entire populations of organisms in the wild. Esvelt and his colleagues at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering suggested that some major ecological problems could be solved with self-propagating genetic devices called gene drives, which carry human-designed genetic modifications into wild […]

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