Improving Knowledge about Aquatic Caddisflies by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The health of wildlife, particularly aquatic insects, is often an early indicator of disease and pollution that affects us all. Improving knowledge about invertebrate wildlife so that appropriate conservation measures can be taken is one of six top priorities in Florida’s wildlife action plan

Caddisflies are aquatic insects that live in streams and are species of greatest conservation need. To document caddisfly distribution and health, existing data are being compiled and field collections of caddisfly specimens are taking place at 108 sites in 39 out of 67 counties in Florida. With this improved knowledge, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and all Floridians can take proactive action to identify and prevent pollution before it threatens other wildlife and people.

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