BOZEMAN, Montana – The Madison-Gallatin chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Headwaters chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers will co-host a special workshop on aquatic invasive species on May 29 at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.
The workshop - sponsored by Bozeman-based Simms Fishing Products - is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. and will address the growing problem of aquatic invasives and the role anglers, boaters and others can play in stopping the spread.
Among the experts scheduled to speak at the event are Bob Wiltshire, Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species, Eileen Ryce, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator and Joe Starinchak, Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Many of Montana and the county’s outstanding recreational fisheries are under assault from aquatic invaders. Insipid organisms like didymo (or “rock snot”), whirling disease and New Zealand mud snails threaten the biodiversity of numerous treasured natural resources. Collectively, invasive species (both terrestrial and aquatic) cost our country over $100 billion in damages every year.
In addition to the panel of speakers, anglers will be asked to take the “Clean Angler Pledge.” Beer and door prizes will be awarded courtesy of Simms Fishing Products.
WHAT: Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop
WHEN: May 29, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Holiday Inn, Bozeman
WHO: Open to anybody who participates in water sports - kayaking, boating, canoeing or fishing.
EDITORS: For more information on aquatic nuisance species, click here.
For information about what Simms is doing as a leader in the fly-fishing world, contact Matt Crawford at (802) 583-6069.