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One Million Exotics ID Cards Available!


Minnesota Sea Grant recently completed a print run of 1.1 million aquatic nuisance species "watch" identification cards that are being distributed in the U.S. and Canada to help in the fight against the spread of two species: Eurasian watermilfoil and purple loosestrife.

We developed a new Eurasian watermilfoil card and updated the existing purple loosestrife card with the help of a grant from the National Sea Grant College Program. The free wallet-sized cards give background information about why these species cause problems, outlines actions the public can take to prevent their spread, and provides identification details.

Specific versions of the cards were developed for Illinois-Indiana, Lake Champlain, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin plus the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canada-Ontario.

Plans are in the works to produce European frogbit (an aquatic nuisance plant), rusty crayfish, and combination spiny waterflea/fishhook waterflea cards.

"We hope to have these cards ready for distribution at sport and trade shows for the next recreation season," said Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's Exotic Species Information Center coordinator. "We designed them for distribution to anglers, boaters, waterfowl hunters, and water gardeners."

Single cards are free. Individuals or organizations wishing to obtain cards should contact their state Sea Grant office in the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain, or their state or provincial natural resource management agency. Minnesota cards can be ordered on the products order form page, under the exotics category (items X 85 and X 69).

By Sea Grant Staff
December 2002

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