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Invasive Species Find a New Way to Sail the Seven Seas

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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) love to latch themselves onto the hulls of boats, go for long rides across oceans and take up new lives in foreign waters where they are usually very unwelcome

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Debbie G (306)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:30 pm
Not good news. Here in Missouri the battle has begun against the zebra mussel which reproduces prolificly and therefore is terribly invasive.

Carol H (229)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:05 pm
noted with concern, thanks Cal

MmAway M (505)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:31 pm
And, the Hits just keep on coming! Thanks Cal!

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:32 pm

We can almost cope with the species that come accidentally, but that is not what is happening. Twits are allowed to buy everything from lion fish to huge boas and then they dump them in the ocean or in the swamp lands. That is where things really get dicey. To read that invasive species attach to plastic and float in of their own accord is some how not a surprise.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:19 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. I've read that these species are spreading in various areas like "the plague."

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 8:27 pm
Reminds me of rats that climb the docklines of big ships to raid the galley. .
Noted, ty Cal

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:59 am

Lynn D (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:39 am
Thanks for info!

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:03 am
Noted, time to get eating.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:47 am
I suppose it's adverse human impact on the environment again; stop it

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:27 am
Just creepy!
Now a new form of transport has been identified for the world’s wandering bugs, in those giant, floating plastic patches that have created dead zones in each of the five oceans. Defined as being “as big as Texas or New Jersey,” these floating plastic trash heaps trapped in gyres of ocean current are proving to be perfect ways for ever smaller microbacteria to move around the globe."

Sonali G (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:32 am
This has probably been happening in some way shape or form since the age of time. Us Humans are just very good at creating, exacerbating and amplifying any problem.

Tanya W (65)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:33 am
Noted thanks Cal. A real concern!!

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:20 am
Noted thanks

. (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 8:38 am
It figures, that our own pollution is helping them along.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 12:22 pm
"Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts have identified a variety of microorganisms using floating plastic trash as rafts; a recent study found at least 1,000 different species of microbes attached to millimeter-sized scraps of plastic afloat in the North Atlantic.

The Woods Hole report identified a rash of diverse members of the microbial community hitching rides—including “heterotrophs, autotrophs, predators and symbionts”—and has dubbed the new ecosystems created by these floating trash heaps as “the plastisphere.”

Different from carp and mussels, these hitchhikers don’t need much surface to attach to. Tiny pieces of plastic are found to be carrying bacteria that can cause intestinal diseases, including cholera. One concern is that as these bacteria are transported into new environments they will forever alter ecosystems, as well as make people sick."

Was there any doubt that people are contributing handily to the demise of our Mother Earth and ourselves? This transport of invasive species will have been going on for as long as there have been ships sailing the seven seas. But the floating island of plastic garbage etc is a modern apocalypse that not only kills off marine mammals, birds and fish with it's presence, but is changing ecosystems in ways we are only just discovering. And as these organisms travel about, what is to say that they are not also contributing to global climate change?

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:19 pm
thanks noted

Connie O (44)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:21 pm
Please do not litter the oceans. I sure hope all the cruise lines are no longer able to dump their garbage into the ocean. I took my one and only cruise back in 1982 and was disgusted to see that they did that.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:26 pm

Susanne R (234)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:41 pm
The Great Lakes are already infested with zebra mussels, which have caused severe problems at power plants and municipal water supplies, clogging intake screens, pipes, and cooling systems. They have also nearly eliminated the native clam population in the ecosystem.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, two species of invasive Asian carp may be able to spawn in more Great Lakes tributaries than previously thought. Their report states:

"The voracious eaters can reach 100 pounds and experts worry they’d be able to out-compete native fish for food and threaten the lakes’ $7 billion fishing industry. The new data show fertilized Asian carp eggs can incubate in waterways that are only 16 miles long. That’s far shorter than the 62 miles of undammed water that researchers once thought the drifting eggs needed."

Now that's a disaster I hope we can avoid!
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