Aquatic Invaders (Iowa)
The Round Goby, Carp, Goldfish, Ruffe, and Rudd are all fish species that are either not native to Iowa or were only native to certain parts of the state and were transported elsewhere by people’s activities. These species have traits that allow them to dominate the water body they are introduced to and thus destroy its ecological, recreational, and economic value. For this reason, these fish are considered Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS). Recreational fishing and aquarium hobbyists are largely responsible for the spread of these species.
Viewer Tip: If you plan on taking advantage of good fishing weather, please help to keep Iowa’s water resources healthy. Never release live bait or aquarium fish into a water body, unless they originally came out of that same water, and never dispose of bait or aquarium fish in a storm drain. It is best to dispose of bait in the garbage or on land, instead. For more information, see Iowa’s Fishing Regulations or visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Invasive Species web page: www.iowadnr.com/fish/news/exotics/exotics.html.
Seasons: Spring, Summer
(Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources: Aquatic Nuissance Species. Accessed Online 19 April 2007 <http://www.iowadnr.com/fish/news/exotics/exotics.html>)