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Invasive Plant Could Cost Salmon Industry $159 Million Annually
A common aquarium plant illegally dumped into Alaskan waters that has adapted to cold weather could threaten wild salmon habitat and cost the commercial fishing industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

A recent study conducted by ISER, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, found that if not managed, the cost of the elodea invasion could cost the commercial sockeye fishing industry $159 million each year. They even say that there is a 5% chance that the costs could exceed $577 million annually.

Elodea is Alaska's first invasive aquatic plant and has spread across the state in the past decade.


 
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City Considers Options for Treating Algae - The City of Anacortes is moving forward with plans to treat algae blooms in Heart Lake, aiming to start sometime in early spring. This summer, the city used an aquatic herbicide to treat the lake for milfoil, which likely led to the algae bloom.


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