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NOAA Habitat Restoration on the Great Lakes
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NOAA Habitat Restoration on the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are some of our nation’s most important natural, recreational, and economic resources. But they face many threats, including habitat degradation, pollution, overfishing, and the spread of invasive species. NOAA and our partners work to restore habitat in the Great Lakes region to support the fish, ecosystems, and communities that rely on them....

Aquarium Plants Continue Spread of Zebra Mussels Nationwide
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Aquarium Plants Continue Spread of Zebra Mussels Nationwide

HARRISBURG, Pa– The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is joining fish and wildlife agencies nationwide to alert consumers about aquarium products that may be infested with invasive zebra mussels. These products, known as “moss balls,” are a popular type of living aquarium plant sold in several states, including Pennsylvania.  It was recently discovered that...

Wildlife Forever and Coalition Allies Celebrate Applied Invasive Species Prevention
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Wildlife Forever and Coalition Allies Celebrate Applied Invasive Species Prevention

White Bear Lake, MN – A new invasive species coalition, is celebrating significant milestones in preventing expansion of invasive species after the first anniversary of an important agreement. The North American Invasive Species Management Association, Wildlife Forever, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to implement on the ground...

Arkansas’ Lake Poinsett Renovation Complete
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Arkansas’ Lake Poinsett Renovation Complete

As Lake Poinsett in Poinsett County is brought back into fishing shape thanks to a three-year renovation project by the AGFC, area groups have been giving a hand. The AGFC’s Black Bass Program reported via Facebook this week that 38 students (above) from the EAST program at Harrisburg Middle School planted 200 bald cypress trees...

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Session March 11
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NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Session March 11

The challenges facing Southeast Florida’s coral reefs have long been the subject of discussion with many different solutions having been proposed. Now’s your chance to provide your ideas. While conservationists agree something needs to be done, not everyone has the same ideas about how to proceed. Some groups support fishing closures, while others feel water...

$1 Billion Sent to State Wildlife Agencies, Bolstering Conservation Projects and Recreation Opportunities
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$1 Billion Sent to State Wildlife Agencies, Bolstering Conservation Projects and Recreation Opportunities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is distributing $1 billion to state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Generated by the hunting and angling industry, these funds support regional conservation projects across the country. The 2021 WSFR apportionment is $121 million higher than the 2020 apportionment due to increases...

Weeki Wachee River Conservation Program
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Weeki Wachee River Conservation Program

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), along with other local and state partners, launched the Weeki Wachee River Education Campaign to inform river visitors about the recreational best management practices that will help protect the river and reduce ecological impacts. A recent ecologically based study found direct links between recreational use on the river...

RFA Reminds Coastal Anglers of New Regulations
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RFA Reminds Coastal Anglers of New Regulations

With the opening of the 2021 inshore striped bass season tomorrow and the start of spring just a few weeks away, the New Jersey Chapter of the RFA wants to make NJ anglers aware of pending regulatory changes for the upcoming season. The RFA-NJ would like to remind our members that Monday March 1st brings the...

Putting Americans to Work for Fish and Wildlife
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Putting Americans to Work for Fish and Wildlife

After COVID hit the United States, people flocked to mountains, rivers, lakes, and trails to escape the four walls of our homes and clear our heads.  These outdoor places provided respite and improved the wellbeing of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, it’s our economy that needs a breath of fresh air now. Following the economic downturn...

Old Tampa Bay Water Quality Still Poor
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Old Tampa Bay Water Quality Still Poor

2020 Water Quality Results  Bay Managers Continue to Observe Concerning Trends in Old Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) reports on water quality annually to improve management of the bay; Summertime algae blooms were again observed in Old Tampa Bay; Data collection was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in missing data for...