Preventing the Spread of Invasives Through the Bait Trade

Aquatic invasive species may be unintentionally sold to as live bait to anglers. It’s not uncommon for anglers to release unused bait fish into the water at the end of the day. This can lead to the establishment or spread of invasive fish—which can wreak havoc on native fish and their habitat. Despite the potential threat from this vector, the volume of invasive fish entering the Great Lakes through the bait trade is largely unknown. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Central Michigan University have collaborated to quantify the prevalence of invasives in the bait trade and combat this issue. Read more here.

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