An aquatic invasive species of mussel that can wreck havoc ecologically and economicallyjb was found in a Coeur d'Alene Petco, Wednesday.
Looks like the lionfish have made it to NC as well. Have a friend that hunts pythons in the Everglades. Everything that goes into our aquarium is quarantined prior to going into the main tank even though it is mostly aqua-cultured; but, some Mari-culture. EdJust got a notification from DFW here in NC also. Living 100 feet from the salt water it doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Also, within the last 3 months the local water provider notified us that they would be adding an additional chemical to eliminate “an ongoing issue” with some of the homes in the area. They gave warning to all homes that if you have aquariums and don’t want your fish to die you have to have them drained & cleaned/sterilized and an additional filter installed. Perfect! I’m thinking every household heard words similar:
“Harold, don’t you think it’s time to get the little fishees some new do-dahs for their home? I’ve some great ideas I saw at the PetSmart cesspool for our salt aquarium”
Another gift from across the water.
I knew about lionfish derbies; but, interesting. I‘m fine at 60’; but, pass on 120’...gettin‘ old I guess. Amazing how some of these invasive species spread so Damn fast. Butterfly bush on the Skagit appeared to me to double every year. Not goood. I’m not so sure the boat inspections for zebra mussels do that much good. I’ve been inspected. Lazy or indifferent inspectors (coupled more as DUI checkpoints) are words that come to mind. EdI have friends who dive the wrecks here, and there are plenty of wrecks, who have Lionfish derbys every weekend. They are encouraged to take as many as possible. Some of the local Asian folks consider them a delicacy. They cut out the poisonous section and cook the food part. Can’t remember the type of poison they inject but paralysis and death can be a side effect....just sayin’. The 600lb Sand Tiger sharks just tread water and watch. Didn’t know it until a friend/diver/fisherman told me the Sand Tigers will surface, grab a huge volume of air and dive and basically stay in a state of suspended animation for quite some time. I’ve seen them at the surface but the dive part I’ll leave for the younger crowd.....60-120’ down is not my environment. If I can find his Y/T videos I’ll upload one.
Saltwater appears toxic to zebra mussels. So, might be an option for your freshwater vessel. You‘d then need to get the salt off. . EdBummer...I was reading the way to remove zebra mussel "veligers" take over so quickly talk about a "Virus" This sucks...as in they suck and split out...swishers...Anyway 104+ plus degree pressure washing...like that is going to be practical...as we fish from lake to lake...
We call ‘em hitchhikers. Then, there’s stupid people that release non-native “pets“ into the “wild”. I’ve literally never seen a plant spread as rapidly as butterfly bush on the Skagit. It is indeed a huge issue. EdOne of the issues that affected the Great Lakes shipping industry, and hence the native Lake Trout is the fact these 400/600+ foot vessels were off loading wheat and other cargo far up rivers then had to take on ballast (water, fresh with zebra mussel spat) in order to navigate safely, back down to the sea. As you said Skip, just like a "Virus" riding as a passenger to elsewhere.
Knotweed is terrible; and, another rapidly spreading invasive species. Don’t quote me on these numbers; but, in the upper Skagit/Sauk basins, it is estimated that 50% of knotweed has been “treated”/eradicated over the course of about 50+- miles (probably with Round-Up...Sarcasm). I believe this has involved 16+ organizations and conservation groups. I think it was first found present on the Skagit/Sauk & tributaries around 2002. This is the most aggressive removal program I know of. I did float a couple of USFS people from Marblemount to Rockport to show them the prolific spread of butterfly bush. They were astounded. EdJapanese Knotweed.
Seeing it nearly everywhere now. It’s only taken a few years, too.
Invasives are a real problem.