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Invasive Species Definition

Firstly, for us to understand the problem. It is important to know what an invasive species is. As well as, understanding the Invasive Species in USA Waterways. An invasive species is regarded as invasive if it has been introduced by human action to a location, area or region where it does not naturally occur. This species then becomes capable of establishing a breeding population in the new location without further intervention. Furthermore, becomes a pest in the new location. Moreover, directly threatening humans, such as by agriculture or local biodiversity. However, if the introduced species, does not become a problem to humans. If in industry or biodiversity, it is not considered invasive.

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Invasive Species in USA Waterways

Alien carp jumping

Within the United States there are a lot of water sources and places where we can fish. Including lakes, state parks, neighbourhood fishing holes, and more. While, there are numerous fishing opportunities for anglers. Where we can catch any number of fish species. There is, however, huge danger approaching our fishing industry in the United States. While, invasive species from other areas of the world have infiltrated the United States waters. Further, with no natural predators in the local ecosystem, these invasive species are a danger to native wildlife.

Invasive Species Examples

Plants include Killer Algae, Brazilian Waterweed, Common Water Hyacinth, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Watercress, Curly-Leaf Pondweed and Giant Salvinia. As well as, Flowering Rush, Wild Taro, Pampas Grass and Common Reed.

 

 

Why are Invasive Species a Problem?

The United States waterways are under attack by invasive species including fish and more invasive species. Thus, pushing aside our native species of plants and animals. Destroying our aquatic ecosystems. Pushing them out of equilibrium. Invasive species can double in size in a week. Therefore, we can see that within time these species will take over our waterways, destroying native species.

Pond weed

Invasive Species in USA waterways, block recreational access, damage boats and affect water supplies. Some general rules to solve the problem, are currently in place within the United States. Adhering to these rules is the least that we can do. Not adhering to these rules is unlawful and could lead to serious consequences. Including fines or imprisonment or both, depending on the demeanor.

General Rules Regarding Invasive Species Control

 

  • It is unlawful to possess or transport any exotic aquatic plant or animal.
  • It is unlawful to possess Tilapia, Grass Carp or any other fish listed as harmful or potentially harmful. Without immediately removing the head or intestines, except on waters where a valid Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect. In those waters, it is illegal to possess Grass Carp. Here, immediately return Grass Carp caught, unharmed to the water.
  • It is unlawful to fail to immediately remove and lawfully dispose of any harmful or potentially harmful aquatic plant. Including those clinging or attached to a vessel, watercraft, trailer, motor vehicle, or other device used to transport or launch a vessel or watercraft. Violators are subject to a fine of $25-$500.
  • Furthermore, do not dump aquarium contents in a natural body of water.
  • Remove all water from vessels, including live wells, bilges and motors before leaving the water.
  • Do not transport live fish bait caught from one body of water to use in another. Use live bait caught in area.
  • Persons participating in a fishing tournament confined to one water body can transport live fish in water from that single water body to an identified off-site weigh-in location. All water must be drained and properly disposed of before leaving that location. Participants must have documentation showing their participation in a fishing tournament.
  • Following these procedures does not exempt persons from complying with prohibitions against transporting exotic aquatic species that are visible to the unaided eye, such as adult zebra mussels, which may be attached to boats or trailers.

how can you assist?

A lot of you will be wondering, how can we assist our native species and our natural water sources from these invasive species in USA Waterways? It is, however, important for us to investigate what the problems are that we are really facing. For us to assist. Firstly, we need to adhere to all the rules and laws regarding this matter, report any mis-demeanor and never introduce any more species to our waterways.

Furthermore, Kapamego, will be venturing to a project to combat this problem further. Fishing our waters specifically for these invasive species and clearing out our waterways. This will be a small drop in the ocean, hoping to reach out to the rest of the community and nations to work together and for once solve this huge problem which is been faced.

Do you want to become part of this project, or would you rather sit on your couch and see how someone else saves your world, your planet, your country and your state! Make a difference, act today!

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We will start looking at various species that have invaded the United States. With time we will look at each of the specific species that affect our waterways regardless of whether these are Plants, Invertebrates, Molluscs, Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians, Mammals, Birds, Pathogens or Others. Please stay tuned while we tackle this problem together. Hopefully ridding all our waters of unwanted pests.

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