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How to truly battle invasive species

The way to battle to combat invasive species in lakes and rivers are to restore limnological and riverine ecosystems to a balanced near pristine state. The only reason invasive species succeed is because there is an unfilled niche in the ecosystem. Fix the hole and there is no problem. For example, what is the real problem with Mille Lacs other than the DNR? Simple, the ecosystem is damaged in the microbial realm.. ...more »

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Rethink Invasive Species Management

The current invasive species rhetoric leads to good versus evil language and acts of war against other species, often with dubious results and wasted conservation dollars. Many are doing great work on preventing non-native species movement to our wild places. However, I, like many other ecologists, am concerned about some of the directions aquatic invasive species (AIS) management programs are going — often under the ...more »

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Boat tagging with stickers to prevent infested boats from bringing AIS to uninfested lakes

With nearly 900,000 boats in MN and an ever increasing spread of AIS impacting the lakes environment (including fisheries), we lack a macro solution to identifying the biggest AIS risk. To focus on the biggest risks of Aquatic Invasive Species spreading between lakes, we need to identify those boats that travel from uninfested lakes to infested lakes. Working smarter by focusing inspections on those boats would ...more »

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Aquatic Invasive Species

The spread of AIS through our lakes and rivers has a devastating impact on natural aquatic life. Stopping it will require behavioral changes and adequate penalties for offenders. Infested waters need ongoing research and the best available technology to clean them up. In this session, we will define what is currently being done to address the aquatic invasive species issues and ask for participants suggestions for moving ...more »

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