Help Slow The Spread of Invasive Species

Guest Blogger: Anchor Fly

Many fly anglers became aware of the threat of aquatic invasive species about a decade ago, when felt soled wading boots were implicated in the spread of Didymo and whirling disease, leading to felt bans in several states, and the discontinuation (at least briefly) of felt-soled wading boots by Simms. Since then, the threats in the U.S. have continued to multiply, affecting fisheries and aquatic ecosystems throughout the country.

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Those of us who live or fish in the West have also seen a proliferation in the state-mandated watercraft inspection and decontamination stations along main roadways since invasive mussels were found in Lake Mead in 2007[i]. In the Midwest, new reports chronicle the efforts of fish and game agencies to control invasive carp[ii]. First introduced in the Mississippi River drainage to control weeds in canal systems, carp have escaped into the rivers, in some cases entirely eliminating native fish species in local streams. In the southern US, invasive lionfish threaten both commercial and recreational fisheries, and the very existence of the remaining coral reef ecosystems in the western North Atlantic[iii].