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Not Your Usual Thanksgiving Harvest

Harvested lionfish becomes a meal of lionfish ceviche with wild fennel and red onion.
Photo credit/Christopher Testani
Harvested lionfish becomes a meal of lionfish ceviche with wild fennel and red onion.   Photo credit/Christopher Testani

Along with the turkey this Thanksgiving, how about lionfish or nutria as a side dish? Care for some kudzu jelly on those homemade biscuits?  Harvesting invasive species sounds like a great idea, but is it?  According to research from the Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't - read our findings to learn more!  And save some leftovers for us!


Congratulations Bozeman Fish Technology Center 

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Bozeman Fish Technology Center (FTC), Montana, is the recipient of a 2015 Environmental Achievement Award. They utilized a low impact, nontoxic methodology for eradication of an invasive plant species on their property. 

Read more on how Bozeman FTC Used Goats to Control Undesirable Vegetation

List Of All Award Recipients 


Another Southeast Region Success Story

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The Southeast Region’s Aquatic Habitat Restoration Team marked another great success in providing conservation delivery on the ground.  Working with partners from the U.S. Forest Service and American Rivers, a fish passage barrier that had been around for nearly half a century was removed, Upper Citico Creek Dam on the Cherokee National Forest.  Upper Citico Creek dam was listed as number 7 on a list of 200 dams that Tennessee has identified for removal.

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Hatchery Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration Project

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources are undertaking a project to restore stream and wetland habitat in a stream known as Hatchery Creek. Construction on the Hatchery Creek project began August 8, 2014 and will be complete by the end of 2015.

Hatchery Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration Project Update

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Also visit the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Facebook Page for Construction Updates and Images


Proposal to List 11 Foreign Species as ‘Injurious’ Will Protect Nation’s Wildlife

Prussian Carp. Photo Credit: CAFS
Prussian carp photo

The Service today announced a proposed rule to list 10 nonnative freshwater fish species and 1 nonnative freshwater crayfish species as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act. Except for one fish, these species aren’t present in U.S. waters. However, all have the potential to become highly invasive if introduced into the wild in the United States, hurting freshwater habitats, native species and the local economies they support. The rule would prohibit the importation and interstate transport of any live animal, viable egg and more, except by permit.

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Lake sturgeon return to North Carolina!

Edenton National Fish Hatchery, located in North Carolina, recently stocked lake sturgeon into the state's French Broad River. This is the first time that these fish have occurred in the state since 1946. Steven Jackson, manager at Edenton said, “Placing these fish in the French Broad River is the latest in a multistate effort to return this fish to its native range."



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Last updated: November 23, 2015