2011 Annual Achievements in Conservation: Invasive Species

Invasive species cost Americans billions of dollars a year — about $122 billion according to a recent Cornell University study — as they take over fisheries and decimate populations of gamefish. Some of the most well-known offenders include zebra mussels, quagga mussels, Asian carp and round gobies.

As part of their overall dedication to making fishing better, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation clubs have jumped in on their own projects to eliminate invasives on local bodies of water and to prevent their spread to other bodies of water.

Below are a few projects reported to us as part of the 2011 Annual Achievements in B.A.S.S. Conservation. The breakdown is as follows:

81 volunteers

456 hours

18 meetings

8,000 pounds of invasive plants removed



1. California club sponsors workshops

2. Illinois works with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

3. New Mexico members get certified

4. New Yorkers remove water chestnuts

5. Boat inspections in California

6. Illinois removes 400 pounds of weeds

7. Florida schedules around hydrilla


Other projects included:

  • Members of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Federation Nation continued to do trailer inspections and to notify lake managers when "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" signs were not posted.