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Money Might Not Be Enough to Stop the Lionfish Invasion

Dive tourism is a pillar of the economy in Cozumel, an island off Mexico’s southern coast. But the reefs that keep this industry standing are being destroyed by invasive lionfish, which eat native fish and slowly but persistently strip the reefs of their vibrancy and diversity. Such sorely degraded reefs will hurt Cozumel’s tourism industry—to […]

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Containing The Species

The first one was spotted back in 2015, and they’ve been causing problems near Yankton ever since. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks say the zebra mussel population continues to rise at Lewis and Clark Reservoir. The invasive species is actually hard to spot right now. But conservation officers say that’s why they’re so concerned […]

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Christchurch woman smuggles tiny turtle into NZ because son upset

A Christchurch woman who sneaked a tiny red-eared slider turtle into New Zealand faces sentencing for a breach of the Biosecurity Act. The turtle is listed as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. The turtle had been given to 43-year-old Qiang Wei Luo’s 6-year-old son on a visit to family in China. Luo knew it could not be brought […]

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Creative carp – Fish’s evasion of electric barriers stirs concerns

On Friday, June 23, an eight-pound silver carp was found by a commercial fishing vessel, after evading the electric barriers in place along an Illinois waterway. The fish, a species of Asian carp, was found alive and only nine miles from Lake Michigan, two miles downstream of the Thomas J. O’Brian Lock in the Little […]

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Boats Fouled by Invasive Mussels Intercepted in Idaho, Montana, Oregon; Zinke Says Stopping Their Spread is Non-Partisan

Reports indicate that inspectors in Idaho, Montana and Oregon have intercepted 22 watercraft infested with non-native dressinide mussels so far in 2017. The mussels can clog waterways and water infrastructure, and pose a grave threat to the region’s dams and hydropower generation. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a June 27 announcement that his agency […]

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What’s going on with ballast water and invasive species in Lake Erie?

This holiday weekend, no doubt so many of you are out taking advantage of one of our greatest jewels – Lake Erie. This is an opportunity to talk about a major issue facing the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. Last year, a new species of zooplankton popped up in Lake Erie. If you follow what’s […]

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Eradicarp fishing tournament targets invasive species

Quincy, Illinois’ riverfront will play host to the Eradicarp Fishing Tournament, a first-year event designed not only for competition but to help the environment. The Aug. 26 tournament is about more than catching fish. It’s also about helping get rid of Asian carp, the invasive species that is having an adverse effect on many U.S. […]

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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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