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Boaters and fisherman get education in aquatic invasive species


MADISON (WKOW)-- Invasive species have long been a problem for Wisconsin's lakes. On Father's Day weekend experts were out raising awareness among boaters.

"Lakes and boating are a huge part of Wisconsin," Aquatic Invasive Species Expert Luke Vosberg says. "I think it's important for everybody to care about it."

Father's Day weekend Vosberg and two other experts went boat to boat educating fishermen. It's all part of Invasive Species Awareness Month. Experts tried to grab as many fishermen as possible to answer questions on their survey. All the data they collect will be given to wild life groups like the DNR.

"It's certainly worth taking the time and effort and pulling all your weeds off and draining your live well," fisherman Steve Statz says.

There are several invasive species that experts are concerned about, but the two biggest ones are Eurasian Water Milfoil and Zebra Mussels. They've already been found in several lakes in Wisconsin.

"Lake Geneva does have Zebra Mussels now. Those aren't in the Yahara Chain of Lakes, so we're trying to prevent the spread of something like that because those are really pesky," Vosberg explains.

Conservationists are fighting a losing battle. Every year more and more lakes are being affected. Workers say they're goal is to slow down the spread as much as possible.

"You know, you can't stop everybody, Vosberg says. "You kind of do the best you can."

Invasive species experts will also be collecting data every weekend this month. They're talking to boaters on Lake Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.


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