Sunday, December 16, 2018

Slowing Aquatic Invasive Spread in 2019 Webinar Series

NYSG Launch ManualThe 2019 edition of the Watercraft Inspection Program Leader educational webinar series developed by New York Sea Grant and featuring coastal science and AIS specialists begins on January 17 and will connect participants from multiple states.

Four sessions in the webinar series will address issues associated with recreational boating as a key pathway in the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), making watercraft inspection a critical contributor to limiting the spread of AIS among the more than 7,000 lakes, ponds, and rivers in New York State and waters elsewhere.

Participants can join any or all of the one-hour, free-access webinars available from 10 am to 11 am.

The 2019 New York Sea Grant Watercraft Inspection Program Leader Webinar Series schedule is as follows:

January 17: Applying Behavioral Psychology to Stop AIS: Learn the fundamentals of creating behavior change through simple and proven methods of applied behavioral psychology. Presented by Ken Donnelly, president, Beyond Attitude Consulting;

January 24: NY Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application 2018 Data Overview: Methods, Statistics, Analysis: Learn the latest information about a real-time data collection tool launched in New York State in 2017 to track and analyze AIS trends to aid prevention, education and response statewide. Presented by Cathy McGlynn, Ph.D., Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and John Marino, GIS Applications Developer, and Forest Swaciak, Intern, New York Natural Heritage Program iMapInvasives Project Team;

January 31: Assessing the Risk of Future Aquatic Invasive Species Establishment in a Changing World: Using projected changes to temperatures and precipitation patterns in Pennsylvania as new and complex challenges to those working in aquatic invasive species management, learn a process for assessing the risk of new AIS establishment under these climate scenarios and species that have already become threats. Presenter: Sara Stahlman, Extension Leader, Pennsylvania Sea Grant; and

February 7: Dealing with the Public: Handling Harassment and Other Issues: Learn how training, awareness, and strong support from management serve as critical tools to keep watershed stewards safe throughout the boating season. Presented by Sue O’Reilly, Data Manager, Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.

Register online. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at (315) 331-8415, or visit their website.

For more information on New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit their website.

Photo of NY Sea Grant Launch Manual provided.

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3 Responses

  1. tom prevost says:

    Are we putting our bucks in the right place? Once the invasive species are here, they will spread universally. Should some of this money be spent looking for long term solutions? Can we find or invent higher food chain species the that will keep them in control. How do we manage waterways that have them so as not to destroy our fisheries existing plants and recreational sports?

    • Boreas says:


      That would certainly be ideal. But in the long history of invasive species, there are few cases of putting the genie back in the bottle. The same with disease. Insert any organism into an ecosystem, whether microscopic or macroscopic, if there are no controls on that organism (poor conditions, predators, disease, lack of food, etc.), there is very little to stop or even control them because they did not evolve in that ecosystem. The population expands until controls evolve to keep it in check. That can take centuries and longer, and in the meantime, competing native species may be nearly or totally wiped out because of unprecedented competition.

      As long as humans have devices to effectively move organisms from one ecosystem to another, the over-all result is a net loss of species diversity worldwide. Natural spread of species to foreign ecosystems is usually much less, much slower, and much more random. I don’t know what long-term solutions would be effective as long as the transmission vectors remain.

  2. adkDreamer says:

    The term ‘invasive species’ is relative. As of 10/24/2018 via FOIL request:

    FOIL Request: List of specific violations (date/time/description of violation/penalty assessed) of NYCRR 576 Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention including all applicable subsections.

    FOIL Answer:
    A diligent search of the files maintained by DEC produced no responsive records.

    Since the late 1800’s, brown trout and rainbow trout have been imported into the streams and rivers of the Adirondacks for sport.

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