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It's Not Just Asian Carp: U.S. Identifies 40 High-Risk Species

It's Not Just Asian Carp: U.S. Identifies 40 High-Risk Species

A white paper on the 'Feared 40' comes from the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, aka GLMRIS . Officials say the paper was done to catalog potential non-native species within the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, and aid in efforts to identify and analyze prevention and control technologies. In other words, the threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System is only the beginning. These 40 species were identified as having "a high risk in that if they do disperse, the invaded ecosystem type would be moderately to severely affected by their colonization." They include fish, crustaceans, plants, algae, mollusks, protozoa, annelids, bryozoans and copepods. Ten species are high-risk to the Great Lakes Basin and 30 are high-risk to the Mississippi River Basin. Some names you may recognize, like the northern snakehead,...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/asian-carp-40-hig...

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