Missouri is the home to well known rivers such as
the Missouri and Mississippi , and popular lakes such
as Lake of the Ozarks , Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals
Lake. Protecting these resources is everyone's responsibility
if we expect them to provide future enjoyment and
economic benefits. Help protect Missouri 's waters
by learning what you can do to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers.
What can you do to Stop Aquatic
Hitchhikers in Missouri ?
Prevention is the key
Clean all recreational equipment
Dispose of bait properly
Out for Flying Carp!
Missouri Aquatic Nuisance
Species of Primary Concern
Understanding Aquatic Hitchhikers
"Aquatic nuisance or invasive species"
are species unintentionally or illegally introduced
to waters and aquatic ecosystems, which cause
and economic damages to our recreational, commercial,
environmental, cultural and historic resources and
Some aquatic nuisance species can hitch a ride on
our boats, trailers, and other items used in the water.
When we go to another lake or stream, the nuisance
species can be released; if the conditions are right,
they can become established and create drastic results.
you do to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers?
Prevention is Key. Preventing
the spread of aquatic nuisance species it the most
environmentally sound and cost-effective method for
battling aquatic hitchhikers. If these species become
established, they can be impossible to contain and
Clean all recreational equipment
before and after using all Missouri waters. Follow
a simple prevention procedure
before and after using all waters. If you follow these
procedures, it is not necessary to know what nuisance
species may be in what waters; the procedures will
reduce the possibility of any unwanted hitchhikers
being released in your waters.
Where to look for hitchhikers
Dispose of Bait Properly.
If you're fishing with live bait, it is important
to dispose of your bait properly and particularly
to not dump unused bait into the water. Dumping your
bait into waters can introduce disease and nuisance
species such as Asian Carp and the non-native rusty
crayfish and other species which can become established
and compete with native species. Most bait can be
put in the trash, but species such as crayfish and
worms, which have the potential to crawl out of the
trash, should first be placed in a sealed container
(such as a sealable plastic bag) before disposed of
in the trash. Even if you plan to reuse the bait on
another trip, make sure lids are securely attached
so they cannot escape. Crayfish can live a long time
out of water and are excellent escape artists, so
the likelihood of them walking to another body of
water and contaminating it is quite possible.
Learn More. Some recreational
users want to know more and also get involved in local
programs that help to protect their waters. Search
the various links throughout this site to learn about
specific types of nuisance
species, the kinds of impacts
they can create, or activities
in which you can get involved, For Missouri specific
information visit the Missouri
Watch Out for "Flying Carp!"
Boaters need to take precautions when boating on
the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their backwaters
and tributary streams due to the unfortunate fact
that Asian carp have become residents in these waters.
Easily startled , silver carp leap out of the water
when disturbed by noise or vibrations. Boaters are
occasionally injured or even knocked out of their
boats. Read the press release on Flying Carp to learn
how to protect yourself and how to keep from spreading
these potential hitchhikers.
Missouri Aquatic Nuisance Species of
While there are many potential aquatic nuisance species,
the following present the most immediate threat in
- Asian Carp (silver, black and big head)
- Non-native wetland plants
- Purple loosestrife
- Common Reed (Phragmites)
- Non-native crayfish
- Fish Disease