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Modeling invasive activity: Zebra mussels’ infiltration of North American rivers

The invasion of nonnative species has widespread and detrimental effects on both local and global ecosystems. These intruders often spread and multiply prolifically, overtake and displace native species, alter the intended interactions between flora and fauna, and damage the environment and economy. A particularly pesky invader is the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Given its abundancy, […]

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Montana mussel invasion expected to cost millions

Agencies and industries who may have to deal with invasive mussels getting a foothold in Montana are still trying to assess how expensive the ecological crisis could be. But it’s widely believed a full-scale invasion will cost at least hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The focus so far has been on expanding inspections and imposing […]

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Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend

Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These mussels spread from one body of water to another by attaching to watercraft, equipment and nearly anything that has been […]

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Stop or risk a ticket

Boaters must stop at mandatory inspection stations As boaters eagerly anticipate Memorial Day weekend, Division of Wildlife Resources officers and biologists share two important reminders: 1. Utah has three mandatory inspection stations. The stations have been established to protect Utah’s waters from quagga mussels. If you’re pulling or transporting watercraft, including boats, personal watercraft (such […]

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Widespread invasive species control is a risky business

In 1977, on the islands of French Polynesia, government authorities released a predatory snail. They hoped this introduction would effectively control another species of invasive snail, previously introduced to supply escargot. Instead, by the early 1980s, scientists reported alarming declines of native snail populations. Within ten years, 48 native snail species (genus Partula) had been […]

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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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