Tagged aquatic invasive species

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Beltrami County’s watercraft decontamination station now open

The Beltrami County Aquatic Invasive Species Program opened its free watercraft decontamination station on Monday. The site is operated by Beltrami County level 2 watercraft inspectors who were trained the previous week to become DNR-authorized.  Ray’s Sport and Marine  offered a boat for use in the training. Boaters should consider getting a watercraft decontamination if…

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Zebra mussel-infested moss sold at pet supply stores across continent

Beltrami County Aquatic Invasive Species specialist Bruce Anspach is warning local aquarium owners to be aware of a zebra mussel-infested product sold nationally. According to a release, zebra mussels have been attached to live Marimo moss balls, sold at pet and aquarium supply stores across the continent. Aquarium owners are urged to destroy, not dump,…

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Waterfowl hunters asked to help stop spread of AIS

With the Minnesota hunting season underway, it is important for waterfowl hunters to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Invasive species such as purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and faucet snails can be transported in waterfowl hunters’ boats, decoys or blind material and other equipment without the proper precautions. Invasive species can…

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Bowstring Lake

DNR officials have confirmed zebra mussels in Bowstring Lake, which is mostly on the Leech Lake Reservation within Itasca County. According to a release, two adult zebra mussels were found, attached to old, submerged tires in separate locations outside reservation waters on the northeast side of the lake. Invasive species specialists determined that at least…

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Eurasian watermilfoil confirmed in Big Mantrap Lake

Featured photo by Rich Halvorsen, President of the Big Mantrap Lake Association The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil in Big Mantrap Lake near Emmaville. The invasive aquatic plant was first confirmed in Hubbard County in 2017 at Bad Axe Lake, which is near Big Mantrap. According to a release,…

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