Preventing Damage by Invasive Species by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Plants and animals that do not naturally occur in an area can be extremely disruptive to the natural balance of an ecosystem. Controlling these non-native species, especially in aquatic ecosystems, is a high priority in Mississippi’s wildlife action plan

Tilapia is a freshwater fish that has been introduced to Mississippi’s waters and has been identified as a potentially serious threat. A State Wildlife Grants-funded project is looking at the seasonal movement of tilapia and how they were introduced to Mississippi. Such information is vital to develop a proactive plan for controlling the spread of this invasive fish.

 

Photo: Tilapia/U.S. Geological Survey

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