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ABYC to hold invasive species summit

Methods used to reduce the spread of invasive species include sterilizing boats before launching them in new waterways.

Methods used to reduce the spread of invasive species include sterilizing boats before launching them in new waterways.

The American Boat and Yacht Council will hold its annual aquatic invasive species summit Sept. 20 in Annapolis, during which the group will discuss its new technical information report on the topic with marine industry stakeholders.

AIS include plant life such as Eurasian watermilfoil and water hyacinth, and animals such as spiny water flea, quagga and zebra mussels. These species damage ecosystems and negatively impact fishing by depleting natural food resources, altering the water environment, and changing the structure of the ecosystem.

“The ABYC AIS summit is going to provide valuable information that just cannot be found in another place,” said ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin in a statement. “We will discuss the current AIS challenges manufacturers in the industry face and the next steps forward.”

The summit will be held at the Jack Hornor Maritime Education Center, and discounts are available for guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown.

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