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Default AK- Invasive Species Unleashed by Baronof Island Storm Damage

Invasive Species Unleashed by Baronof Island Storm Damage
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By Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka | November 17, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Invasive Species Unleashed by Baronof Island Storm Damage | alaskapublic.org
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The storm that hit Baranof Island ripped up a former fish farm and unleashed an invasive species. The Fish and Game Department says it hopes the pieces of the floating farm in Whiting Harbor have been contained in the harbor area by currents. Invasive species co-ordinator Tammy Davis says the fish farm had been scheduled for removal last weekend, but then the waves and winds hit.

“High seas and high winds definitely broke apart the farm. Some sections really just getting destroyed as it crashed up on the shoreline, the causeway shoreline,” Davis said.

Whiting Harbor, and much of the infrastructure inside it, have been infested with a species of tunicate called D-vex, or Didemnum vexillum. It coats anything in its path, destroying habitat and preventing mussels from feeding. The Whiting Harbor outbreak is the first time...
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