Aquatic Invasive Species Research Lab Unveiled At 'U'Invasive species in Minnesota's lakes is a growing problem. And now researchers at the University of Minnesota have a better way to help combat that problem.
EPA OKs 'Sex Lure' To Trap Invasive Sea LampreysFor the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a synthetic sexual lure to help capture sea lampreys in the Great Lakes. Lampreys are eel-like creatures that invaded the lakes in the last century and severely depleted populations of trout and other native fish.
Asian Carp Could Make Up One-Third Of Lake Erie's Fish WeightA scientific report says if Asian carp become established in Lake Erie, they eventually could make up about one-third of the lake's combined fish weight and cause drop-offs in other fish species.
Crews Find Asian Carp Creeping Closer To Lake MichiganFederal crews have discovered two Asian carp in the Illinois River, 12 miles closer to Lake Michigan than where others of that size previously were seen.
Despite Treatment, Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Christmas LakeOnce again, though the Department of Natural Resources reported aggressive treatment, zebra mussels continue their stubborn residence in Christmas Lake. The DNR said that 16 zebra mussels were confirmed in the Shorewood lake across a wide area.
MDA: Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Wash. Co.Washington County has become the 11th Minnesota county to confirm the presence of the emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the invasive species was found in a survey trap at MnDOT's St. Croix Rest Area on Interstate 94.
Officials Say Sea Lamprey Numbers Down Across Great LakesPopulations of invasive, fish-killing sea lampreys have fallen to their lowest point in decades across the Great Lakes, showing that control measures costing millions of dollars a year are paying off, officials said Wednesday. Lamprey numbers have reached a 30-year low in Lake Huron and a 20-year low in Lake Michigan, according to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a U.S.-Canadian organization. Numbers also are down significantly in the other lakes.
DNR Aims For Weekend With Zero Invasive Species ViolationsThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding its annual "Think Zero" weekend to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species. The campaign aims to reduce the spread of invasive species via a weekend with zero violations.
DNR: Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Forest LakeThe presence of the invasive species zebra mussels has been confirmed in Forest Lake, the Minnesota Department of Resources announced Friday.
Agencies Release $60M Plan For Asian Carp Detection, ControlGovernment agencies plan to spend nearly $60 million over the next two years in the battle to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could unravel food chains and harm native fish.
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Closing To Stop Invasive CarpThe Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock will run its final cycle Tuesday night, costing Minneapolis its place as the head of navigation on the Mississippi River. Congress last year ordered the lock closed to try to stop the northward spread of invasive Asian carp up the Mississippi.
Despite Promising Treatment, Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas LakeAfter a new treatment appeared to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the invasive aquatic species is back.

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