news and updates
Find news and updates as it relates to AIS in South Dakota here.
- February 24, 2017
Feb. 27 - March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over $100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.
- January 25, 2017
New and modified South Dakota AIS Regulations
The GFP Commission recently proposed new AIS rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from lake to lake. Two current AIS rules have also been modified to ensure that anglers and boaters have the opportunity to easily comply with the regulations.
- October 11, 2016
GFP Prevents Zebra Mussels from Infesting the Belle Fourche Reservoir
Last month, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' (GFP) staff were on site at the Belle Fourche Reservoir to inspect equipment brought into South Dakota to dredge parts of the water body. Zebra mussels were discovered on the dredging equipment of the private contractor hired by the Belle Fourche Irrigation District to perform maintenance dredging of sediments.
- September 30, 2016
Free Watercraft Decontamination for Yankton Boaters in October
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will provide free watercraft decontaminations for Yankton-area boaters at Lewis and Clark Marina in October.
- June 23, 2016
Aquatic Invasive Species Checks Increase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will conduct aquatic invasive species (AIS) rule compliance checks along the Missouri River in central South Dakota this weekend.
- June 2, 2016
Zebra Mussels Discovered in McCook Lake
Boaters enjoying South Dakota’s McCook Lake should be aware that the waterbody is now classified as infested for zebra mussels by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).
- May 9, 2016
Don't Move A Mussel! Authorities Battle Spread Of Zebra Mussels
Boaters, listen up: Mike Smith doesn’t want you to move a mussel.
- September 22, 2015
Zebra Messel Spread through South Dakota Dam
The Army Corps of Engineers has warned visitors to Gavin's Point dam and the surrounding areas that zebra mussels have infested the waters of Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River.
- September 17, 2015
Zebra Mussels Discovered at Lewis and Clark Lake
South Dakota declared Lewis and Clark Lake "Infested" for zebra mussels on August, 20, 2015. Previously the lake had been considered "Suspect" after the discovery of a single adult zebra mussel in November 2014. The change in status resulted from confirmed presence of a breeding population within the reservoir.
- August 20, 2015
Zebra Mussels Discovered in Lewis and Clark Lake; Boats to be Inspected
Boaters enjoying South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Lake should expect to have their boats inspected when coming off the water in upcoming weeks after several boats moored in the reservoir were discovered to have zebra mussels attached.
- July 30, 2015
Zebra Mussels Discovered on Boat at Rocky Point Recreation Area
Earlier this month, a small number of young zebra mussels were found attached to a boat exiting Rocky Point Recreation Area at Belle Fourche Reservoir in western South Dakota.
- June 26, 2015
GFP Discovers Invasive Rusty Crayfish in South Dakota Waters
Earlier this month, a GFP conservation officer encountered an angler who had illegally trapped crayfish for bait from the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. Among that illegal bait was suspected to be rusty crayfish. Additional GFP samples were obtained from the area and experts confirmed the invasive species.
- June 4, 2015
Anglers are Reminded Not to Move Lake Water when Fishing
As a reminder, anglers need to be aware of the fact that they are no longer allowed to move lake water when fishing and to follow the new rules regarding fish and bait transportation.
- May 14, 2015
Educational Video on Transporting and/or Keeping Bait or Fish
View this 3 minute video to learn more about how to transport and/or keep your bait or fish.
- May 8, 2015
Effective May 11: New Rules to Help Slow the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
As of May 11, 2015, boaters and anglers, residents and nonresidents, are required to comply with new rules to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in water bodies across the state.
- April 30, 2015
SDPB's South Dakota Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species
Hear from a panel of GFP experts on this hot topic and watch the full episode regarding the new laws, how to slow the spread of AIS and what you can do to help.
- April 17, 2015
Special AIS Issue of the South Dakota Conservation Digest
The March/April 2015 issue of the South Dakota Conservation Digest is special because it focuses 100 percent of the information on aquatic invasive species. Check out the online version at the link above.
- April 1, 2015
New Aquatic Invasive Species Website Launches
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website today to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide aquatic invasive species rules; expected to take effect the middle of May.
- March 26, 2015
Mike Smith, AIS Statewide Coordinator, Radio Interview
Mike speaks about why aquatic invasive species are a problem and the damage they can cause in a particular area, how they can be removed and the importance of slowing the spread.
- March 6, 2015
GFP Commission Finalizes Aquatic Inasive Species Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several rules to prevent the introduction and slow the spread of existing populations of aquatic invasive species in the state.
- January 16, 2015
GFP Commission Proposes Aquatic Invasive Species Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several rules to prevent the introduction and slow the spread of existing populations of aquatic invasive species in the state.
- November 24, 2014
Single Adult Zebra Mussel Discovered at Lewis and Clark Lake
On Nov. 14, 2014, a single adult zebra mussel was discovered at the Midway boat ramp on Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton. As a result of the discovery, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has classified the lake as ‘suspect’ for contamination by zebra mussels.
- October 3, 2014
Quagga Mussel Veligers Discovered in Angostura Reservoir
Water sampling performed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has resulted in the discovery of larval quagga mussels in Angostura Reservoir in the southern Black Hills.
Media Contact: Emily Kiel at Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us
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