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Invasive and non-native species imperil native species in the Pacific Northwest’s ecosystems through predation, competition for food, interbreeding, disease transmission, food web disruption, and physical habitat alteration. In its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, the Council acknowledges invasive and non-native species pose direct threats to fish and wildlife restoration efforts through competition, predation, and habitat modification.News/blog posts on invasive species
Montana, Tribes Seek Partners to Help in Fight Against Invasive Freshwater Mussels
Accelerated effort would include longer hours for boat inspection stations and additional funding.
Northern Pike Could Be Devastating to Salmon and Steelhead, Scientists Warn in Report on Predation
Salmon and steelhead populations could collapse if Northern Pike escape Lake Roosevelt and establish downstream.
Registration Opens For September International Columbia River Conference
The conference in Kimberley, British Columbia, will address key issues including the Columbia River Treaty and climate change, and is being co-hosted by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
As More States Become Eligible, Competition For Funding For Invasive Mussel Watercraft Inspections Could Increase
While federal funding to inspect watercraft entering the four Northwest states is secure for 2019, beginning in 2020 a dozen more states will be eligible.
Montana Steps Up Fight Against Invasive Mussels
Montana is on the front line in the war against two species of invasive freshwater mussels, zebras and quaggas, which can cause enormous damage to underwater equipment with blankets of hard, calciferous shells.
Those working to suppress Northern Pike in Lake Roosevelt hope the effort is not too late to protect other species in the Columbia River, including salmon and steelhead downstream.
Race to Stop Spread of Invasive Northern Pike in Lake Roosevelt
Research shows pike have invaded the Colville and Kettle rivers, but not tributaries farther downstream. So far.
Fish Head Bounty
Northern pike, a voracious predator, are continuing to invade Lake Roosevelt, imperiling other fish species. There is a $10 per fish bounty to get them out of the lake.
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