Aquatics

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National Sea Grant Law Center.

Initiative of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (WRP). The goal of the WRP initiative is to develop a multi-state vision for watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs. The National Sea Grant Law Center is an active participant in this initiative, providing legal research support and leading efforts to develop model legislation and regulations for WID Programs. Also see Invasive Mussels in the West: A Multi-state Collaboration (Oregon Sea Grant).

* See our Laws and Regulations section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass has now been identified in otherwise apparently healthy northern snakeheads taken from two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia. This is the first time that the pathogen, known as largemouth bass virus, has been reported in northern snakeheads. While the significance of this finding is not yet known, the study's lead author, said it raises the possibility that snakeheads could be reservoirs of this virus and capable of transmitting it to bass populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2013


Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.

The Obama Administration announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the comprehensive plan the Administration created in 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. The updated plan adds several initiatives to the proactive effort to combat Asian carp, including testing and deployment of new physical and chemical control tools, strengthening the electric barrier system in the Chicago Area Waterway System, and constructing a new project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin at Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


Washington State University.

Researchers at Washington State University are preparing for a Northwest invasion of the zebra mussel - a small, distinctly striped and rather tenacious freshwater mollusk that can quickly encrust underwater surfaces. The mussels have caused significant damage in other parts of the country and pose an enormous risk to the hydroelectric infrastructure, recreational facilities and unique ecological system of the Columbia River Basin. The Columbia River Basin is one of the last major river systems in the U.S.still free of zebra mussels and the closely related quagga mussels; but possibly not for long. Once they are established in the water, they are almost impossible to eradicate.

* See our Washington state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


University of Florida.

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA issued a final vessel general permit regulating vessel discharges from commercial vessels, including ballast water, to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. The permit imposes international cleanliness standards that the Coast Guard also adopted in regulations it issued last year.

* See our Species Profile - Ballast Water page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 04, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Channeled apple snail was imported for aquaculture and the aquarium trade and was introduced to Hawaii in 1989. Channeled apple snail damages rice and taro production by feeding on seedlings and competes with native apple snails and other species.

* See our Aquatic Species section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Mar 20, 2013


University of California - Davis.

Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to "free" their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis. See Aquatic Invasive Species Vector Risk Assessments for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 10, 2013


Science Daily; Michigan Technological University.

Phragmites australis, an invasive species of plant called common reed, grows rapidly into dense stands of tall plants that pose an extreme threat to Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Early treatment is the key to controlling Phragmites. Scientists have mapped the U.S. coastline of all five Great Lakes using satellite technologies. The Phragmitesmap is the first of its kind. It is "a highly accurate data set that will allow national, regional and local managers to visualize the extent of Phragmitesinvasion in the Great Lakes and strategically plan efforts to manage existing populations and minimize new colonization."

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Dec 26, 2012


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Outcome of the Regional Preparedness and Response Workshop to Address Biofouling and Aquatic Invasive Species on Japan Tsunami Marine Debris held at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon (Jul 31-Aug 1, 2012).

* See our Aquatic Species - Early Detection and Rapid Response section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 30, 2012


DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service.

Scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have teamed up to create specific guidelines for coastal managers to control the spread of invasive lionfish. The new manual, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management, includes the best available science and practices for controlling lionfish in marine protected areas, national parks, and other conservation areas. By following suggestions in the publication, resource managers can develop effective local control plans.

* See our Species Profile - Lionfish page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 07, 2012