Stopping Invasive Mussels: Watercraft Inspections Rise Across Four States; Quagga/Zebra Mussel Interceptions Drop Slightly

March 26th, 2020

The number of watercraft inspections completed in 2019 across the four Northwest states rose 6 percent from 2018, but the number of contaminated recreational vessels intercepted at the stations that had invasive quagga or zebra mussels attached dropped 2 percent to 93 boats, according to a draft report by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission that was completed last week.

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New Western Invasive Species Council Formed; Members Appointed From 16 States

January 2nd, 2020

The Western Governors Association has launched the Western Invasive Species Council to enhance coordination between existing state invasive species councils, improve communication and collaboration on regional biosecurity and invasive species control efforts, and to advocate for regional needs at the federal level. Governors appointed 16 members to the new council.

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Efforts On Early Detection Monitoring Of Invasive Species – Mussels, Pike — In Washington State Detailed; Environmental DNA Major Tool

October 17th, 2019

Two different anglers on two different waterbodies, but both in the anadromous zone of the Columbia River basin and both on the same day – July 17, 2017 – say they saw one of the most feared invasive predators in the basin, a northern pike. But, their alleged sightings were quickly debunked … by science.

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PUDs, Tribes Asking For Help From Anglers In Reducing Northern Pike Numbers Above Grand Coulee; $10 For Every Pike Head

August 29th, 2019

The Grant, Chelan and Douglas Public Utility Districts are contributing to an effort by tribes and state agencies to control Northern Pike, a voracious predator that, if not contained, could set back decades of salmon recovery efforts across the Pacific Northwest.

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Montana Details Its High-Level Effort To Keep Zebra, Quagga Mussels Out Of Basin; Funding For More Inspection Stations Would Help

July 18th, 2019

In a state that lies in the upper headwaters of the Columbia River basin and considers itself guardians in keeping zebra and quagga mussels out of the basin, Montana says that more can be done and calls on the Bonneville Power Administration to help fund permanent watercraft inspection stations.

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Study: As Regional Climate Warms, Smallmouth Bass Will Encroach On Much More Salmonid Spawning, Rearing Habitat

July 11th, 2019

Nearly 18,000 river kilometers (11,185 miles) of Columbia River basin streams currently has suitable habitat for an invasive predatory fish that, as climate warms, is a range that is predicted to increase by 10,000 river miles by 2080, according to a recent study.

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