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Florida Declares Open Season on Lionfish

On August 3, 2012, the Executive Director of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission signed an order allowing citizens and tourists to take an unlimited harvest of lionfish without a fishing license. Commercial fisherman can also take as much as they like under the yearlong decree, which even waives bycatch limits for this invasive species. […]

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Three Alumni at NOAA Have Received Presidential Award

In 1996, President Bill Clinton commissioned the National Science and Technology Council to create an award celebrating emerging researchers in the fields of science and technology at the outset of their careers. The result was the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The PECASE award is given annually to a group of researchers […]

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Marine ecologist doesn’t let research cage him in :: Red & White for Life :: NC State University Alumni Association

James Morris ‘09 PHD spends his time plotting defenses for invasions. No, he doesn’t work for the Department for Homeland Security, and he’s not in the military. Morris, who did his doctoral work at NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), is an ecologist at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Center […]

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Destructive hitchhikers: Tsunami debris hauls invasive species across Pacific to US shores – The Washington Post

When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan to show up on the West Coast. But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, […]

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Study Updates Knowledge on Species Destined for U.S. Aquariums

A new analysis of importation records reveals that the U.S. marine aquarium trade brings in more species than previously estimated, but, due to errors on the forms, over counts the total number of individuals. Reliable data are important as coastal managers seek to reduce diseases and species from other parts of the world invading and […]

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Research Promotes Method to Slow the Spread of Encrusting Invasive Species

Dredging channels and cleaning boat hulls or fishing gear in or near established Didemnum colonies can create fragments of these invasive organisms that survive in the water column up to four weeks, disperse long distances, and even reproduce before resettling, possibly in new areas, according to NOAA research. The article suggests that cleaning equipment on land and reducing bottom disturbance […]

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