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Aquatic Invasive Species in the Northeast Accomplishment Highlights FY 2011

water chestnut control. Credit: USFWS
Water chestnut control. Credit: USFWS

Water Chestnut Control in New York State Canal System

FWS Cost - $41,376, Match - $36,000

The Lower Great Lakes FWCO continued control efforts for waterchestnut in Tonawanda Creek. Contracted with a mechanical harvesting company to remove 6 acres of plants. Monitored adjacent areas for expansion of plants and hand harvested. Continued distribution of waterchestnut WATCH cards and signage for public awareness. Conducted two public hand pulling events with volunteers and staff. Observed a decline in harvested waterchestnut of approximately 20% from 2010.

Ruffe Early Detection

FWS Cost - $46,316

The Lower Great Lakes FWCO conducted bottom trawling for ruffe at multiple sites on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. No ruffe were detected.

Aquatic Invasive Species Risk Assessment Program

Climate map for Nile perch. Credit: USFWS
Climate map for Nile perch. Credit: USFWS

FWS Cost - $128,409

As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the Lower Great Lakes FWCO completed all 89 risk assessment assignments assigned in FY10 GLRI. This program supports decisions for State regulation, industry self-regulation, and habitat restoration programs and projects. LGLFWCO initiated modeling for a new climate matching function to the overall risk assessment process.

Northern Snakehead Population Management in the Potomac River

FWS Cost - $80,000

The Maryland Fishery Resources Office surveyed the northern snakehead population on the Potomac River and conducted laboratory trials to learn more about life history requirements. 804 snakeheads were tagged and released by federal and state agencies and 69 tagged fish were recaptured in 2011. 17 radio tagged snakeheads were tracked for 365 days with passive receivers and manually tracked for 150 hours. An additional 200 snakeheads were kept for stomach and age analysis. Ten snakeheads were also caught in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland tributaries after record high flows in the spring. They appear to have escaped out of the Potomac River and may colonize more of the Chesapeake Bay. MDFRO is working with state agencies to determine the appropriate response.

Northern snakehead Credit: USFWS
Northern snakehead. Credit: USFWS

Asian Carp Management and Control

FWS Cost - $26,862

The USFWS, Region 3, has started implementation of the "Management and Control Plan for Asian Carps in the United States.” Region 5 assisted with the compilation of tasks to help achieve Plan objectives. Staff from the Lower Great Lakes FWCO began participating on implementation committees (Prevention, control and containment committee and education and outreach committee).

Asian Carp Detection

FWS cost - $10,862

The Lower Great Lakes FWCO conducted early detection surveys in Sandusky and Toledo, OH.  No Asian carp were detected.

Stop the Invasion Poster Credit: USFWS
Stop the Invasion poster. Credit: USFWS

Invasive Species Management in Virginia

FWS Cost - $15,119

The Virginia Fisheries Coordinator Office continued to successfully partner with the Virginia Invasive Species Advisory Committee to implement the Commonwealth’s plan for prevention and management of invasive species in Virginia including early detection and rapid response, and outreach and education. In 2011, two posters and a brochure highlighting both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species of concern were completed and distributed to schools, businesses, and other relevant communities throughout Virginia. These materials were also made available online.

Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point Training

FWS Cost - $15,816, Match - $2,000

Provided HACCP training in conjunction with the spring, 2011 Northeast ANS Panel meeting in Quebec City, Canada. Continued to coordinate HACCP planning within Region 5, Fisheries program.

New York State Canal Prevention Program

FWS Cost - $35,724, Match - $1,500

The Lower Great Lakes FWCO completed surveys for invasive fish in May and September at five sites along the New York State Canal System within the Erie, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.  Additionally, staff worked with New York Sea Grant and Cornell University to conduct an “Educators and the Erie Canal” workshop at the Cornell Field Station in Bridgeport, NY.

 

Aquatic Invasive Species in the Northeast Accomplishment Highlights FY 2010

Water Chestnut Control in New York State Canal System

FWS Cost - $45,074, Match - $38,900

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office hired a mechanical harvester to clear water chestnut from 6 acres of the Tonawanda Creek portion of the Erie Canal. Partners helped with pulling, transport and disposal. The project included early detection and rapid response surveys.

Mechanical water chestnut harvester. Credit: USFWS
Mechanical water chestnut harvester. Credit: USFWS

Ruffe Early Detection

FWS Cost - $47,650

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office bottom trawled for Ruffe in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Hemimysis Monitoring

FWS Cost - $21,853

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office conducted surveys in the lower Great Lakes for this invasive mysid.

New Zealand Mudsnail Monitoring

FWS Cost - $15,988

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office looked for mudsnails in Lake Ontario tributaries.

Early detection and monitoring. Credit: USFWS
Early detection and monitoring. Credit: USFWS

Invasive Species Management in Virginia

FWS Cost - $15,119

The Virginia Fisheries Coordinator Office partnered with Virginia Invasive Species Advisory Committee to implement the Commonwealth’s plan for prevention and management of invasive species in Virginia including early detection, rapid response, and education.

Northern Snakehead Population Management in the Potomac River

FWS Cost - $94,572

The Maryland Fisheries Resources Office conducted research, monitoring and creel surveys to learn more about snakehead life history, movement, seasonal habitat use, and angler interactions.

Asian Carp Management and Control

FWS Cost - $33,788

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office helped biologists in Region 3 with removing fish from a 5.7 mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Asian carp control. Credit: USFWS
Asian carp control. Credit: USFWS

Asian Carp Detection

FWS cost - $18,990

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office conducted early detection surveys in Sandusky and Toledo, OH.

Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point Training

FWS Cost - $22,479, Match - $2,000

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office staff worked with NOAA to provide HACCP training to NOAA and Service staff.  Additional effort was made to support NCTC course development on Invasive Species Risk Assessment and Planning.

New York State Canal Prevention Program

FWS Cost - $46,839, Match - $3,000

The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office conducted early detection surveys along the Erie, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.  Additionally, staff worked with New York SeaGrant to conduct “Educators and the Erie Canal workshops in Lockport, NY and at the Montezuma NWR.

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