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Steady Invasion of Florida’s Public Waters by Pomacea maculata

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Each year aquatic biologists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey all of Florida’s public water bodies – – lakes and rivers with both state sovereignty and public boat ramps. This effort by the Invasive Plant Management Section focuses on aquatic vegetation, especially invasive, exotic plants, such as hydrilla and water hyacinth. In 2006, however, Pomacea maculata was added. Rob Kipker, my former supervisor there, is kind enough each year to provide me with the current data. His chart above shows a steady increase in the number of water bodies invaded by the South American snail. As of 2014, 36% of Florida’s public 450 waters are affected. Even more alarming is that Pomacea maculata can be found in 72% of Florida’s lakes and rivers by area! Jess Van Dyke

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/invasive-plants/

 

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It was a rainy December day, so I finally created eight pages for this new Snail Busters site. My purpose here is to speed up the transfer of information on controlling the South American apple snails that threaten our lakes, rivers, and marshes. It won’t work without the input of those on the front line fighting these destructive animals. Please feel free to comment. Let’s work together to stop the damage to aquatic ecosytems and farms! Posted by Jess Van Dyke


Pomacea insularum