Friday, February 22, 2019

PA Sea Grant Program Holds Aquatic Invasive Species Lunch n’ Learn Webinars March 1, 8

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program will hold 2 webinars for professionals and anyone else interested in aquatic invasive species on March 1 and 8.  Here are the webinar topics--
-- March 1: How To Develop A Watercraft Inspection Program To Prevent The Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species.  Noon to 1:00.
Aquatic invasive species are species found outside their natural geographic range that cause ecological or economic harm, or harm to human health. Recreational boating is one pathway that can move plants and animals from one water body to another in a short amount of time, which can lead to the spread of aquatic invasive species.
One way to prevent their spread is to inspect a boat or trailer and remove any visible plants, animals, or organic materials before launching into a different lake or pond.
Contact Sarah Whitney, Director, for details by sending email to:
-- March 8: How Mock Scenarios Are Shaping The Future Of Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response.  Noon to 1:00.
The Governor’s Invasive Species Council of Pennsylvania approved the Pennsylvania Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Rapid Response plan in September 2014. Since that time, it been used to conduct rapid response trainings, or exercises that mock the actions necessary when dealing with a new infestation of an AIS species.
Past rapid response exercises have trained professionals how to properly report and address new infestations.
This presentation will provide an overview of the rapid response process in Pennsylvania, highlight key and updated aspects of the plan, and discuss results of past mock exercises to ensure all participants are up to date on AIS rapid response process in Pennsylvania.  
Contact Sara Stahlman, Extension Leader, for details by sending email to:
Visit the PA Sea Grant’s Aquatic Invasive Species webpage for more resources on managing and educating others about aquatic invasive species.

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