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Clean Angling News
April 2014
New Resources for Youth Education
Kids are the future for us all and the effort to teach children about invasive species is very important. At ISAN, youth education is one of our major programs and through more than 350 classroom presentations annually we provide a prevention message to students. While we have developed most of our teaching tools, we are always looking for good ideas for improving our youth outreach. This month several new programs have emerged that offer great promise..

Nab the Aquatic Invader is a new interactive online activity produce by Sea Grant. Children are invited to become invasive species detectives as they learn about species, impacts, vectors and much more. If you are looking for online activities this might be just what you are hoping for. 

Kids love bugs and the U.S. Forest Service is hoping to capitalize on this to get more kids involved in pest insect programs. They have just released "Insects Invade" a new classroom-based program that teaches about pest insects. More than 25,000 teachers across the US received the "Insects Invade" materials and hopefully some are putting them to work. If you are interested you can order Insects Invade - A teachers package

Contests are great fun for kids and California is inviting children in grades 2 - 12 to submit entries into the California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Poster Contest . The Theme for the contest is "Race to Protect Your Favorite Place" and entries are due by June 20, 2014. If you are looking for a way to engage kids this may be a great template for you.


Previously Posted on Facebook
We review news stories on a daily basis and post stories of interest on Facebook as we find them. However, we know that many of you are not using Facebook so here are the links we posted during October on our Facebook pages.

******* A reminder to those who follow us on Facebook: Facebook has begun to limit the number of people who receive our posts. Even if you have liked our Facebook page you may not be getting our posts in your news feed.The only way to make sure you are seeing our posts is to visit our page to see all of the content we publish.

Our Clean Angling Facebook page is where we post links that deal with fish, fishing, cleaning, boat inspections, and other issues of interest to anglers.

Are you a clean angler? A new study in Great Britain determined that 50% of canoeists do not wash their boats as they move between waters.

The Maryland DNR is undertaking a serious effort to reduce the populations of two popular catfish species that are non-native invaders in the state

The Wyoming effort to protect the state from invasives by inspecting all boats entering the state is working!

All fishing guides and outfitters in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are invited to participate in a survey about aquatic invasive species(AIS).

On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.

Trout were introduced into South Africa more than 100 years ago and today there is a growing debate whether they should be classified as an invasive species

For a look at the difficulty in python hunting in the everglades check out this short video

A University of Minnesota professor is seeking funding for a full field installation of a new method for stopping Asian carp movement

Virginia wildlife officials have seized the red-eared slider turtles from a local pet store

Here is a great South Florida python video.

We recently shared the story of how harvest impacted lionfish in Jamaica. Florida is now considering rule changes which will increase harvest in the waters of the state.

The Oregon Invasive Species Hotline gets lots of interesting phone calls. Here is a first person account of some of the most memorable

California officials are urging the public to learn to recognize a new disease bearing invasive mosquito that has been found in the state

Jamaican officials report a significant decline in lionfish sightings and the attribute the decline to the extensive effort to encourage eating this invader

The U.S. Geological Service has developed a new method for determining if an aquatic plant is native or invasive. It is very difficult to identify some species and this will be a great help

An endangered lizard species has thrived after removal of the invasives which were harming the population. In fact, without the invaders the species is no longer at risk

Our Forest Pest Fly Tying Project Facebook page provides information for anyone concerned about the spread of forest pest insects. Visit the page and join the conversation about the problem and our unique fly tying program.

Asian beetles threaten livelihood of Maine’s American Indians

With last fall's discovery of emerald ash borers in Boulder, CO, Wyoming officials are encouraging the public to watch for the invader

The US Forest Service has released a new educator's packet for teaching about forest pest insects.

April 2014

"April showers bring May flowers" is a well worn phrase in the area where I was raised. As I write this, major spring storms are ravaging the South while parts of the Rockies are seeing winter storms - all this makes me doubt the wisdom of the old ditty.

Another perception that I hope turns out to be wrong is that once we have aquatic invaders in a water there is no management option. While this is currently true for many species, there is a lot of control research being conducted that points toward  potential management options in the future. Research is critical to our development of new tools and techniques and I urge you all to lend your voice in support of the continuation of funding for research projects..

While not a result of research, I want to highlight one very encouraging control story. It has been a very real fear that there would be no possible way to deal with the lionfish invasion in the Gulf of Mexico. However, the latest news from Jamaica indicates that efforts aimed at encouraging the harvest of this delicious but deadly invader are having a real impact. For me this is a true "good news" story. Read More

At ISAN we get more questions about felt bans than just about anything else and our Status of US Felt Restrictions page is where we track every felt ban or proposal that we know of. At this time we do not know of any additional restrictions under consideration but that can change at any time and we update the page every time we get new information.

I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions or invasive species stories to share.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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