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Native Sea Urchin to Battle Invasive Seaweed
The state Division of Aquatic Resources has been spawning and growing thousands of Hawaiian collector urchins at the Anuenue Fisheries Research Center on Sand Island. The urchins are the newest weapon against fast-growing "smothering seaweed," which overtook Kaneohe Bay.

The native population of the urchin has dropped dramatically; officials are hoping that the release of more than 100,000 urchins from the hatchery will eat the invasive seaweed.

 
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Northwest Boat Inspectors Get Big Boost from Federal Budget - To prevent invasive aquatic hitchhikers, a bit of legislation hitched a ride of its own in last year’s 2,009-page federal appropriations bill. The Aquatic Plant Control Program received $4 million in the coming fiscal year to boost operation of boat inspection stations in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.


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