Minnesota DNR releases draft invasive species plan

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – State natural resource officials now have a
plan to slow the spread of zebra mussels, fish-killing VHS virus,
jumping Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the new plan was developed with
the help of a resident’s committee that met throughout 2010. The
Department of Natural Resources released the working plan Saturday
in the Twin Cities. It will be presented to state lawmakers on
Friday.

The plan includes additional conservation officers to inspect
boats and other vehicles that spread invasive species as well as
increased fines for violations. The plan also calls for increased
public education and more money to develop ways to fight back
against invasives.

The DNR is also considering mobile inspection stations to check
for nonnative aquatic species.

 

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