Thursday, February 19, 2009

Invasive species threaten Erie life

Stricter rules on ballast water sought to block stowaways, protect Great Lakes tourism

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:22 AM
By Spencer Hunt

John Hageman knows too well the threats that foreign invasive fish, mussels and plants pose to Lake Erie's ecology and its $1 billion-a-year tourism industry.

The round goby, for example, gobbles smallmouth bass eggs and out-hustles other native fish for food, said Hageman, fisheries biologist and manager of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island. [Full Story]


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