Sunday, October 28, 2007

Week of October 21, 2007

Updated October 26, 2007


Meeting: Delaware Invasive Species Council, Friday

By MARGO McDONOUGH, Special to The News Journal
Posted Sunday, October 21, 2007

"They've invaded Delaware, they just keep growing, and we're not taking it anymore" is the theme for the Delaware Invasive Species Council's annual meeting Friday at the Grass Dale Center, near Delaware City.


Meeting: Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2007. ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; You may also view the minutes on the ANS Task Force Web
site at:


Workshop: Ecological Approach to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Workshop Oct 30, 2007 Orlando, Florida. This workshop is part of the North American Lake Management Society Symposium. Sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Partnerships: PRISMs Shine Across New York State

Step into NY, and you’ll step into a PRISM. PRISMS are interjurisdictional partnerships among governmental and nongovernmental organizations and citizens formed to prevent, manage, map, monitor, research, educate about, and mitigate impacts of invasive species in a specific geographic region in NY. Learn more about PRISMs by logging onto . This PRISM news is courtesy of APIPP, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. Visit APIPP at . You can read APIPP's Fall/Winter 07 newsletter at


Red Lionfish ... the presence of red lionfish, a venomous invasive species, was confirmed off the coast of Georgia. The fish are native to the Pacific Ocean ...


Job Opening: Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Cooperative Extension is seeking applications for a full-time, salaried, Invasive Plant Control Program Coordinator for Arlington County. This is a restricted, lecturer rank, non-tenure track, professional faculty position. Salary based on qualifications and experience. Continuation is contingent on annual funding by the localty.


Marine Industry: Green Marine and Invasive Aquatic Species

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The marine industry in Quebec and the rest of Canada continued to set itself apart today by officially launching its own environmental program calling on industry businesses to go further. This program covering the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes corridor is the first of its kind in North America. Program participants already include over 25 leaders representing the bulk of marine operations in this corridor.

Green Marine was founded by seven marine industry associations in Canada and the United States who decided to further reduce their "environmental footprint" by taking action around six major issues specific to their operations: aquatic invasive species, pollutant air emissions, greenhouse gases, cargo residues, oily water, and conflicts of use in port and terminals (noise, dust, odors, and light).

"Each business participating in the program is doing so voluntarily and is subject to a certification process. Each must set out its environmental challenges and a related action plan. A year may pass before program participants are granted official certification on a scale that ranges from compliance with applicable regulations to excellence and leadership in their practices."


VHS: Vermont emergency rule

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has enacted a new emergency rule for the handling of bait fish as a way to prevent a deadly fish disease from reaching the state. The rules are to stop the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), which was recently discovered in the Great Lakes and affects 37 species of fish, and has been found in 3 of New York's Finger Lakes.

The disease can kill tens of thousands of fish at a time. Some of the highlights of the rules include a requirement that anglers buy from state-approved bait dealers, bait fish can only be used on one body of water and unused baitfish must be destroyed and properly disposed of. Copyright 2007 The Associated Press

There is a VHS fact sheet at:


Legislation: USA. House Passes Bill to curb invasive species devastating national wildlife
Wednesday, 24 October 2007

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, and Immediate Response Act, or REPAIR Act (H.R. 767), that will direct federal resources to states to help eradicate invasive species that are devastating many wildlife refuges. In response to the exploding threat that invasive species pose to the health and abundance of many birds, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) championed legislation which provides grants to states to identify harmful non-native species and establish priorities for preserving native birds, fish, other wildlife, and their habitats. The REPAIR Act now moves to the Senate.


The Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) has been found in Rhode Island waters and is spreading.


Lamprey: Invasive? Pests?

The state of Vermont wants to hear from the public on how best to control lamprey that are blamed for killing fish in Lake Champlain. For years, the parasitic lamprey were thought to be an invasive species. Studies now show they are native to the lake. Still, fisheries managers say they are a nuisance, and they want to kill as many as possible.

Vermont Public Radio's John Dillon reports:
(Dillon) Lamprey spawn in rivers and a chemical pesticide is used to kill their larvae in the streams. In the lake, lamprey attach to trout and suck out their blood. The state is reconsidering how much pesticide to use. In announcing the decision, Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie called the lamprey "an invasive nuisance" that needs to be controlled.

But while lamprey may be a nuisance, they are not invasive, according to scientific studies. The research looked at DNA evidence that shows the lamprey became landlocked in Lake Champlain when glaciers retreated about 11-thousand years ago. A book on Vermont fishes published last year by the state also describes the lamprey as native to the lake.

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