CT Boaters, Anglers Asked to Help Prevent Invasive Species Spread

Live marine sand worms (Nereis virens) are packed with a brown seaweed called wormweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) to keep them cool and moist during transport to retail operations where they are sold for bait. (Photo: T. Getchis, CT Sea Grant)

TheDay.com: With stickers, key chains, posters and face-to-face conversations, Connecticut Sea Grant hopes to convince boaters and fishermen that their everyday actions on the water can make a big difference when it comes to reducing the spread of invasive species in Long Island Sound.

This summer, Sea Grant, based at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus in Groton, has begun a campaign to prevent the spread of invasive species from boat hulls and leftover bait. The message will be conveyed in signs at boat launches, materials given out at marinas, and through in-person interviews and surveys at boat launches, said Nancy Balcom, associate director, program leader and extension educator at Connecticut Sea Grant.

To read more:

The Day: Connecticut

Connecticut Sea Grant: Don’t Dump Bait (PDF)

Connecticut Sea Grant: Invasive Species of Long Island Sound

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