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FWS/NPAA: AQUATIC INVASIVES (fwd)
- Subject: FWS/NPAA: AQUATIC INVASIVES (fwd)
- From: "Neal R. Foster" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 16:42:59 -0400 (EDT)
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
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Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 13:21:05 -0600
From: Neal Foster <Neal_Foster@usgs.gov>
Subject: FWS/NPAA: AQUATIC INVASIVES
July 21, 1998 Eric Eckl, FWS 202-208-5636
Gordon Helms, NOAA 301-713-2370
SENATOR GLENN LAUDED FOR WORK ON AQUATIC INVASIVES
The interagency Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force has recognized
Senator John Glenn for his outstanding efforts to prevent and control
invasions of alien species. The award was presented by the co-chairs
of the task force, Dr. D. James Baker, Under Secretary of Commerce for
Oceans and Atmosphere, and Jamie Rappaport Clark, Director of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, at a July 21 reception.
"Senator Glenn has long recognized that invasive alien species such as
the zebra mussel and sea lamprey can have a serious impact on our
country," said Clark. "The Senator was a moving force behind passage
of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of
1990 and has worked tirelessly to call public attention to the problem
of invasive species."
"Senator Glenn recognized an emerging environmental issue long before
many others," said Baker, who praised the Senator's vision on this
significant concern. "When it would have been expedient to focus on a
single species, such as the invasion of the zebra mussel, he
recognized the importance of addressing the overall issue and taking
steps to prevent future invasions."
Aquatic Nuisance Species -- an Economic and Ecological Threat
"Introductions of nonindigenous aquatic species have been extremely
costly to our Nation, both economically and ecologically," Dr. Baker
added. "For example, cities, power plants, and industrial facilities
in the Great Lakes region spend more than $30 million each year to
prevent zebra mussels from clogging water intake pipes." Zebra
mussels attach themselves to any hard surface. The U.S. and Canadian
governments spend $15 million annually to control another exotic
threat, the sea lamprey, which has had a serious impact on sport and
commercial fishing, which contribute $5 billion to the regional
Clark emphasized the seriousness of environmental impacts of aquatic
nuisance species. "Aquatic nuisance species are notorious for their
ability to devour or crowd out native wildlife," Clark noted. "Alien
species have upset the ecological balance in many of our waters and
have played a role in the depletion of many fish and other aquatic
species in the United States."
A Step Toward Prevention and Control
Senator Glenn was the author of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance
Prevention and Control Act, which established the intergovernmental
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and encouraged coordination and
cooperation among several Federal agencies. The Act galvanized
Federal efforts to detect, prevent, and control invasive aquatic
species and earmarked millions in Federal funds for research needed to
support these activities.
Many aquatic nuisance species have been introduced by ballast water
and the Act addresses ballast water as a pathway for new
introductions. "Thanks to Senator Glenn's efforts, all ships entering
the St. Lawrence Seaway must now exchange their ballast water on the
high seas," Clark said. "This greatly reduces the likelihood of
another pest like the zebra mussel invading Toledo, Chicago, or
Duluth." The task force is also sponsoring research on other methods
of ballast water management.
Members of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, established by the
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, include the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Coast Guard, and
the U.S. State Department.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and
wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
NOAA is a Federal agency dedicated to predicting and protectiong our
environment. Its mission is broad in scope: to be the eyes and ears
of science in our atmosphere, in the sky, and under the oceans.
For photographs of Senator Glenn, contact his Washington office at
202-224-3353 or one of his district offices: Cincinnatti,
513-684-3265; Cleveland, 216-522-7095; Columbus, 614-469-6697; or
For event photographs, contact Eric Eckl at 202-208-5636.