Conservation Minnesota

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: An Invasive Species Story

Most of our aquatic invasive species did not originate in Canada or the U.S.  They came from Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

So, how did they get here?

Some were brought purposely.  (Think common carp.)  Other invasives got here by accident.  Many came in ballast water from ocean going ships that ply our coasts.  Others by commercial transactions.

Yes, there are places like garden centers and pet stors selling misidentified species.  Find out more about this issue in Darby’s latest blog.

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