Invasive aquatic plants and animals introduced through trade channels pose a significant threat to natural ecosystems. Invasive organisms can be released into waterways or escape from private ponds and water gardens. Invasive aquatic species can also be included in shipments to vendors and consumers via “hitchhiking” organisms or mislabeling. Join us for this month’s The Current to hear from Extension professionals around the region on their successful efforts – and lessons learned – in blocking invasive aquatic species from these trades.
- Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Sea Grant
- Tim Campbell, Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
- Greg Hitzroth, Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
- Paige Filice, Research Assistant, Michigan State University Extension