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Threat to Lake Champlain looms as New York, Vermont fight invasive round goby

The invasive round goby, shown here, was found in the Hudson River near the city of Troy, N.Y. in July 2021. Round gobies are a bottom dwelling fish native to Eurasia, growing to 4 to 10 inches, that outcompete native species like sculpin for food and habitat and prey on eggs and juveniles of other fish such as black bass. (Stock photo)

The biggest threats to Lake Champlain’s game fish, including Champlain’s markedly improved lake trout populations, may not come from well-known pests such as lamprey or alewives but instead from a small, non-native fish that has been slowly infesting waters closer to Lake Champlain.
Organizations on both the New York and Vermont sides of Lake Champlain are working to keep the round goby from getting into the lake, trying to educate those who enjoy the lake and its tributaries about the goby threat while they explore potential barriers to keep them out of the big lake.

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