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Entries in invasive species (80)

Thursday
Apr142011

Sharks Taught to Hunt Alien Lionfish

                                    You sure I can eat this thing?

"At the beginning, the divers just killed lionfish and fed sharks with them to get the sharks to develop a taste," said photographer Antonio Busiello, who observed the process in action.

"In the second step, to have the sharks develop an interest in hunting them, divers started to leave wounded lionfish so that the sharks could taste them. After a while, [the sharks] did start to hunt them and go after them."

LINK (Via: National Geographic)

Friday
Apr082011

And You Thought Rock Snot Was Bad?

Researchers in Alaska are planning a strategy to attack an invasive species with a heck of a nasty nickname: rock vomit.

LINK (Via: MSNBC)

Thursday
Mar312011

If you can't beat em, eat em

Although it is unlikely that lionfish will ever be eradicated from their invaded range, it is very possible that local populations can be controlled and their impacts minimized simply by adding it to the menu.

LINK (Via:Amazon)

Monday
Mar212011

Gear Showers - Don't forget the brush

 

Waterworks/Lamson's Gear Shower is a 2.2 gallon tank that attaches to a lowered vehicle window, and the gravity fed hose can be used to clean off boots, waders, etc. Even better is that some of the proceeds go to the Clean Angling Coalition and it's yours for just $49.95.

You could also buy any number of simple camp showers that will do the exact same thing and donate the money you save to the Clean Angling Coalition.

Seattle Sports makes a 5 gallon PVC free simple camp shower for only 20 bucks.

If you want something with a little more juice, the Zodi battery powered shower is only $28. Submerge the battery-operated pump in any water container and switch it on for full cleanup mode, the pump adds water pressure to the mix.

Hot Jugz makes a portable 2.2 gallon shower for $49.99 that gives you 2 minutes of pressurized flow with 15 pumps and up to 16 miniutes of shower time.

If you want something portable with more capacity and pressure you can spring for a portable sprayer from Big Kahuna.

Wednesday
Mar162011

Montana Inspectors Find Quagga Mussel On Sailboat

The sailboat owner had hauled the boat from Lake Mead in Utah.

John Wachsmuth, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator, and volunteer Erik Hanson, a certified mussel inspector, found the single, quarter-inch-long adult quagga mussel attached to the stern of the hull. The mussel appeared to be intact and alive.

Maybe the state should consider banning sailboats?

LINK (Via:The Columbia Basin Bulletin)

In other invasive species news.

Mandatory watercraft inspection stations targeting invasive species are now open in Idaho with the first inspections starting on Interstate 90 near Wallace.

If your boat is registered out of state or if you have an unregistered non-motorized craft over 10 feet long, including inflatables, you are required to have one of these.

LINK (Via:The Spokesman Review)

Tuesday
Jan182011

If you can't beat em.....eat em!

The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources encourages the use of the invasive lionfish as a food item. Though venomous, the toxins are contained solely within the fish's spines. Once these are removed, the flesh is quite safe to eat.

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