Aquatic nuisance species remain relatively scarce in N.D. waters

Jessica Howell is aquatic nuisance species coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Howell has a master’s degree in fisheries science from South Dakota State University, where she worked on Asian carp, a nasty collection of invasive species that includes the silver carp known for leaping out of the water.

“I’ve been hit by one of those jumping out of the water, by the way, and it hurts,” she said.

Howell was aquatic invasive species coordinator for the state of Kansas before joining Game and Fish in February 2016. She is based in Jamestown, N.D.

Howell talked about the status of ANS in North Dakota and prevention efforts during a recent interview with Herald outdoors editor Brad Dokken. Here is an edited, heavily condensed transcript of their conversation.  Click on the following two sentences to access the full story.

We’ve got two plant species that we keep track of—curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil.  And, as you know, we have zebra mussels, as well, and they are just in the Red River. 

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