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:
8,000 pounds of invasive plants removed
Other projects included: