Sunday, November 27, 2005

No Hitchers!

Mama always told me never to pick up hitchhikers and now The National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force reminds us to make sure we don't bring home more than memories from our fishing trips. There is a growing problem with out of place organisms hitching rides on boats and waders and other fishing equipment. Whirling disease has gotten the most press in recent years but the problem includes everything from New Zealand Mudsnails, snakehead fish, to hydrilla and water hyacinth. These hitchers can destroy native species and clog waterways. Link to

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