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March 2013
Nebraska Bans Felt!
I missed this one! Despite trying hard to track all felt regulations in the USA this one escaped me until recently. On January 1, 2013, Nebraska implemented a ban on felt soled wading shoes. The new regulation was published in the 2013-2014 Nebraska Fishing Regulations. On page 28 the regulations state "Wash mud off waders. Felt-sole wading boots are not allowed. Felt soles can stay damp for some time after wading and have been implicated in the spread of some aquatic nuisance species."

This ban was created administratively by the state as part of the biannual regulations setting process. There was a public comment period and very few comments were received. To date, there seems to be little public reaction to the ban. The ban applies only to the use of felt and there is no prohibition on sales.

So far, the Nebraska ban is the only new felt restriction implemented in 2013. For complete information on all felt restrictions in the US visit Status of US Felt Restrictions

International Didymo Conference Report
International Didymo Conference was held March 12 & 13 in Providence, RI. Researchers and resource managers from around the world shared the latest information about this nuisance species. There were presentations on the historic range, how didymo grows and reproduces, what may trigger nuisance mat formation, how fish are impacted and much more.

What I Think I Learned at the International Didymo Conference recaps the conference from an angler's perspective. Without delving into the specifics of the research presented, I have tried to provide a summary of the current state of didymo knowledge and management.

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In New Orleans, the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival is a contest to see who can catch the most "Rio Grande Cichlids", an invader that likely came from aquarium releases.

A14 pound 3 ounce snakehead has been captured in a Florida canal.

If you work as a fishing guide in or near Yellowstone Park we would like you to compete a short survey. Please share this link with anyone you know who guides in the Yellowstone area

Most anglers are aware of New Zealand mud snails. Here is a good article about their invasion into the Columbia River Basin

A new study shows that it is boats, not birds that are responsible for moving invasive species

On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.

Debris from the Japan tsunami continues to wash ashore in the Pacific Northwest while researchers work to determine what species are carried and what the risks might be

Are local invasive species laws a good idea? As the issue grows, we are finding that many local governments are looking at establishing their own regulations. Is this good?

Feral hogs on the highway are being blamed for a serious car accident in Oklahoma.

Research from Purdue University shows that Asian carp can spawn later in the year and in far more water types than previously suspected

New federal legislation that addresses invasive species has been targeted for defeat by the US Herpetoculture Alliance

Lake Erie is sick and it is from the impacts of invasive species. Read how spring rains can forecast how bad the summer impacts will be

In Kentucky, an Asian carp fishing tournament has yielded nearly 83,000 pounds of fish in 2 days

Last fall up to 900 loons died crossing Lake Michigan. It is likely this was from invasive species impacts.

In Oregon, officials have no alternative but to completely drain two ponds that have invasive Mystery snails in them

A new article in a law journal discusses the use of the Lacey Act to prevent the spread of Zebra and Quagga mussels

The US Forest Service has a series of excellent publications on how to implement integrated pest control (IPM) for a host of weed species

Debris from the Japanese tsunami has been identified as a potential risk for invasive species introductions. Here is an excellent account of the problem

Can making sushi from invasive fishes help save tuna?

Goldfish are often released into local waters where they can become invasive. However, few reach 4 pounds!

March 2013

I have a couple of "big" stories this month. First, Nebraska has become the 6th state to ban the use of felt soled waders. Their state-wide ban took effect on January 1. The ban prohibits the use of felt but does not restrict sales of felt.
Although we try to keep track of all felt ban proposals this one slipped by us. If you know of a regulation under consideration please let us know. We continue to maintain a record of every felt restriction we learn of at: Status of US Felt Restrictions

The International Didymo Conference was held in March and it was a great success! The conference brought together the world's leading researchers who shared their data and conclusions. There has been a lot of research conducted that has really expanded our understanding of didymo
One aspect of the conference that I really appreciated was the blending of resource managers with scientists. This helped to give both groups a much better understanding of the needs and realities of each other.
I have summarized the conference in an article I call What I Think I Learned at the International Didymo Conference. If you are interested in didymo be sure to check it out.

As always, we are interested in any invasive species story you know of so be sure to get in touch if you have a story to tell.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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