AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

BE A HERO—RELEASE ZERO™


Many plants and animals available to aquarium hobbyists, teachers and water gardeners are invasive. If introduced into our waterways, either accidentally or intentionally, they can reduce the amount of food available to fish and wildlife and change how ecosystems function. They can also cost millions to control and are often impossible to eradicate.

Following a few simple tips outlined in Be A Hero—Release Zero™ can help prevent aquatic invaders from taking over.

For more information about invasive species in Illinois, visit the Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month Website. More about aquatic invaders in the marketplace can be found at TakeAIM.org.

 

link and image to Illinois DNRThe Be A Hero—Release Zero™ campaign is made possible through a partnership between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.


Contacts

Pat Charlebois
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
847-242-6441
charlebo@illinois.edu

Danielle Hilbrich
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Educator
847-242-6442
hilbrich@illinois.edu

Greg Hitzroth
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist
217-300-0182
hitzroth@illinois.edu

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
University of Illinois
1101 W. Peabody Drive
374 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: 217.333.6444 | Fax: 217.333.8046
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