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USFWS Pacific Kicks Off Participation In National Invasive Species Awareness Week With Launch of New Site
Pacific Region, March 4, 2013
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Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil was accidentally introduced to North America from Europe. Spread westward into inland lakes primarily by boats and also by waterbirds, it reached Midwestern states between the 1950s and 1980s.
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil was accidentally introduced to North America from Europe. Spread westward into inland lakes primarily by boats and also by waterbirds, it reached Midwestern states between the 1950s and 1980s. - Photo Credit: USDA
The goldfish, closely related to the common carp, is one of the most wide spread invasive species. Humans have transported goldfish around the world for display in aquariums, bait and to stock as a forage fish.
The goldfish, closely related to the common carp, is one of the most wide spread invasive species. Humans have transported goldfish around the world for display in aquariums, bait and to stock as a forage fish. - Photo Credit: NOAA

As part of a National effort to bring awareness to the problem of aquatic invasive species, USFWS Pacific Region today launched a new web site and social media campaign aimed at educating the public on the issue.

 

In the Pacific Region alone 5,000 introduced species have been documented outside their native range. Enlisting control measures towards eradication of those species that are already established in the Pacific Region is time intensive and can be prohibitively expensive. Prevention of new species introductions into uninhabited areas is significantly cheaper in the long run. While prevention of new non-native species introductions is ideal, it requires intensive outreach and education in order to be successful.

By informing educators, the media and the public at large about invasive species topics during National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to capitalize on the Washington D.C. based annual event (NISAW) and turn attention to regionally relevant invasive species issues of concern. Specifically, the Pacific Region hopes to focus attention in 2013 on the “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign. The campaign aims to send a clear message to pet and aquarium owners while offering alternatives to releasing unwanted aquaria species into natural waterways.


Check out the new NISAW site
http://goo.gl/L4ZCj
Contact Info: Amanda Fortin, (503) 872-2852, amanda_fortin@fws.gov



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