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New York announces comprehensive plan to stop one of ‘biggest threats to New York’s waters’


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Take this fish out of New York waters.

The state’s Department of Conservation has announced a comprehensive plan to protect the state’s waterways from the spread of a highly invasive species of fish known as the round goby. Such species can disrupt natural ecosystems by displacing native fish species.

The DEC describes the round goby as “one of the greatest threats to New York waters,” due to the rate at which the species reproduces.
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Authorities first discovered the round goby in the Hudson River near Troy, New York, in July 2021, according to a DEC press release. The species has been found in many bodies of water across the state.

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“DEC is working hand-in-hand with our partners at Canal Corporation to address the threat of the round goby and other invasive species to water bodies like Lake Champlain,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “We are strengthening current invasive species monitoring education and looking closely at the immediate threats posed by these waterborne invaders to implement the most effective strategies that will protect our local fisheries, wildlife and recreational economies today. today and in the future.”

The DEC describes the round goby as “one of the greatest threats to New York waters,” due to the rate at which the species reproduces. Round gobies can also spread botulism up the food chain.

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Authorities discovered the round goby in the Lake Champlain Basin in July 2021.

Authorities discovered the round goby in the Lake Champlain Basin in July 2021.
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The Rapid Response Plan consists of conducting ongoing field research at the Champlain Canal, implementing risk reduction strategies, educating the public, and assessing economic and ecological impacts.

Lake Champlain Basin Program Director, Dr. Eric Hower, said, “The Canal Corporation is proactively partnering with DEC to ensure the Canal system helps implement all necessary measures, including including education and awareness programs, to combat invasive fish, such as the round goby, and other aquatic invasive species, while ensuring the canal remains a driver of economic activity and a thriving tourist destination . »

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Round gobies can also spread botulism up the food chain.

Round gobies can also spread botulism up the food chain.
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He continued, “As we implement risk reduction strategies along the Champlain Canal this season, we ask users and stakeholders to be patient and encourage them to learn how they can help mitigate the risk. spread of aquatic invasive species to ensure the resilience of the canal for generations. to come.”


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