- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation authorities have issued a plan for fighting invasive species in the state’s waterways that include aggressive non-native animals and plants.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the statewide management plan updates the framework from 1993.

Animals like the zebra mussel, spiny waterflea and round goby have come to the U.S. in the ballast water of oceangoing ships, with New York particularly vulnerable through the Great Lakes and canal system.

Noting the invasives are mainly spread by people, the plan lists priority actions like expanding the network of stewards checking boats at launches, expanding use of disposal stations for removed species, expanding public awareness and establishing regional response teams.




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