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Check boats, lifts, and docks for invasive aquatic hitchhikers as weather cools

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LINCOLN, Neb. – As the weather turns cooler, Nebraskans are urged to check boats, boat lifts and docks for invasive species when removing them from water bodies for the winter. Damaging aquatic hitchhikers like zebra mussels can live up to two weeks out of water, and several lakes across the Midwest are first noticed to be infested by people removing boats, lifts and docks for the winter. Young zebra mussels – or veligers – are invisible to the naked eye …

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Waterfowl hunters reminded to clean, drain, and dry to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

Zebra mussels encrust a fallen tree. LINCOLN, Neb. – As the waterfowl season approaches, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding hunters to help prevent the spread of potentially damaging aquatic invasive species. Zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, New Zealand mudsnails and other aquatic invasive species can “hitchhike” on hunting gear and be spread by droplets of water or tiny plant fragments. Aquatic invasive species cause irreparable harm to aquatic ecosystems and waterfowl habitat, severely impeding hunting, fishing …

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Adult zebra mussels confirmed in Cunningham Lake

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The presence of adult zebra mussels in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake has been confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. As a result, the lake now is listed as an infested water body. Microscopic young zebra mussels – or veligers – recently were detected in a water sample collected at Cunningham Lake by Game and Parks. Additional sampling found zebra mussels in various stages of development, including adults. A zebra mussel is an aquatic invasive species that …

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Boaters should clean, drain and dry to prevent spread of AIS

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer’s arrival comes an increase in boating activity. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to be wary of destructive aquatic invasive species (AIS) and to prevent their spread by cleaning, draining and drying their watercraft. Boaters may not launch or leave a boat ramp facility with any water present in the watercraft unless it is from a domestic water source. In addition, boaters are required to drain all lake or river water from the …

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Incident at Calamus is reminder to Clean, Drain and Dry

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A recent incident at central Nebraska’s Calamus Reservoir is a reminder for all water users – especially boaters – to clean, drain and dry their equipment after every use, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. A catfish tournament at Calamus attracted anglers from several states. A Game and Parks aquatic invasive species technician inspected the boat of a nonresident participant and discovered zebra mussel shells in the boat live well. The boat previously had been …

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Game and Parks reminds anglers to heed fishing regulations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Fishing activity is picking up, with some excellent results reported. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds anglers to heed fishing regulations whey they are out enjoying the summer. The following are a few specific reminders: Cast nets – The use of cast nets in eastern Nebraska waters is prohibited. Cast nets are allowed on some waters of the state during some months. However, in one case, an angler used a cast net to capture gizzard shad …

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Aquatic invasive species boat inspectors working across the state

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Boaters enjoying Nebraska’s public waters may be contacted by boat inspectors this summer. The goal of these inspections is to reduce the risk of aquatic invasive species (AIS) being spread across the state. Inspections will include a survey of boat operators about their recent boating activities, followed by an examination of their watercraft. Participants will be given information on ways to prevent the spread of AIS. Inspection and survey results will be used to determine if a …

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Clean, Drain, Dry to Stop Aquatic Invasive Species

LINCOLN – Nebraskans can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining and drying their boats. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Invasive Species Program suggest boaters inspect, clean, drain and dry their craft and equipment before leaving a body of water. That could prevent the invasive hitchhikers from being transported to another body of water. Aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels cause economic and environmental damage by clinging to and clogging water …

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