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War on Invasive Species Continues in Japan
Local residents in many areas of Japan are attempting to eradicate aquatic invasive species by means of “kaibori,” a traditional agricultural practice of draining ponds.

Japanese farmers used to conduct kaibori during agricultural off-seasons to prevent irrigation ponds from being silted up by mud. In recent years, kaibori has often been used for the purpose of environmental conservation as it is considered a practical way to catch foreign species.

Kaibori was conducted at a pond in Inokashira Park, in Kichijoji, western Tokyo. Of some 20,000 creatures that were captured through kaibori, two-thirds of them were foreign species such as black bass and bluegill. There was even a grass carp and 230 illegally dumped items – such as bicyles and home electronics.

 
 


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Tons of Aquatic Vegetation Removed from Huron River - About 40 trailers full of vallisneria americana, or eelgrass, have been removed from a site on the river nearby the Hamburg Road bridge since Monday, and about another 30 truckloads will be removed by Friday, said Pat Hohl, township supervisor.


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