Aquatic Invaders

EPA Failed to Protect US Waters from Aquatic Invasive Species, Court Says

In a unanimous 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country—from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay—the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit ruled on October 6th that the U.S. EPA failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ballast water discharge. Ballast water ...[Read More]

Tackling the Challenge of Invasive Species: A Coordinated and Comprehensive National Response

Today the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) released a document outlining a vision for a comprehensive national response in order to tackle the challenge of invasive species.  The vision is intended to address the inadequate authority, capacity, and coordination of the current federal response to invasive species issues. The NECIS vision is unique in that it emphasi ...[Read More]

Jumping Fish Invade Louisiana

You can’t help but laugh watching the wild web videos of Asian carp leaping out of the water in states like Illinois and Indiana, but you may not realize this problem hits close to home.  Invasive species expert Michael Massimi from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program says it’s no laughing matter.  We spent a day boating with Massimi and Nichols State University ...[Read More]

Pet Shop Fish Confiscated At Airport

Fish headed to pet shop confiscated at O’Hare By Katie Drews A shipment of tropical fish commonly found in pet shops was recently confiscated at O’Hare Airport for breaking the City of Chicago’s invasive species ordinance, officials said.  During a routine customs inspection at the airport, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent discovered approximately 350 Oriental weather loaches imported from Chin ...[Read More]

County sets up border base against invasive mussels

County sets up border base against invasive mussels Twin Falls Times-News The first line of defense against two invasive species carried across the Nevada-Idaho border on boats will become a little more permanent. Twin Falls County will lease a trailer from Mid-Snake Resource Conservation and Development to hold boat inspections a mile north of the border, Twin Falls County commissioners said last ...[Read More]

NECIS releases An Action Plan on Invasive Species, for the Administration and the 112th Congress

NECIS groups outline the policy changes needed to curb invasive species introduction and spread, with a focus on screening intentional imports, preventing inadvertent introductions, and addressing funding gaps. NECIS-brochure-2011

NECIS brownbag lunch: New Studies and Policy Solutions to Invasive Species Threats

All are invited —– The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species presents a brownbag lunch:   New Studies and Policy Solutions to Invasive Species Threats Fish Invasions into the Great Lakes Forest Pests Wildlife Diseases   When? Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 to 1:15 Where? Defenders of Wildlife, 1st floor conf. room, 1101 17th Ave NW, Washington, between L and M streets (Farragut ...[Read More]

Federal Invasive Species Study Too Slow

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010 Federal Invasive Species Study Too Slow Environmental groups call on feds to speed study and focus on permanent prevention of invasive species like Asian carp Chicago, IL—Environmental groups and dozens of concerned citizens today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize and speed up the Chicago-area portion of its regional study of how to s ...[Read More]