Alabama’s Plan to Address Invasive River Animals and Approved Plant Species

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FILE – Natural resource agency workers use nets to drive Asian carp to a fish pump that removes them from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvesting method primarily targets carp at bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the United States. Bighead carp and silver carp devour the plankton that form the base of food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, displacing many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Alabama will now be eligible for up to $100,000 a year in federal funds to address aquatic invasive species like carp and plants.

The state’s conservative agency says the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved the state’s plan for pest management. This decision opens the door to money.

The state pushed to complete the plan due to the presence of invasive carp in the Tennessee River system. Invasive plant species found in Alabama are also of concern.

The state says it will seek money in the 2022 funding round.

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