Post Here: Definition Topic/Audiences/Exigence > Northern Snakehead in the Potomac and Chesapeake Water Systems

Topic: The Northern Snakehead is an invasive species that threatens other wildlife in our region. Based on it estimated effective population, Ne, relative to its actual population size, N, we can gauge its potential to further expand and grow in size. I will use my gemstone publication as well as supporting findings from experts in the field to generate an argument about this.

Technical Audience: Wildlife Biologists/Conservations, Maryland Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lay Audience: Marine market personnel, anglers

Exigence: Since the Snakehead has been introduced in 2002, it has expanded rapidly in size as an invasive species. Moreover, in combination with its rapid growth in population, it presents itself as a newcomer to the food chain of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. It is important to gauge the propensity for the Snakehead population to expand so as to better analyze its potential impact. I will use various findings from our own Gemstone Research as well as that of the Maryland Department of Fish and Wildlife.
April 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor Mills