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Invasive aquatic plant found in another Mississippi lake

March 4, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials report that an invasive aquatic plant has been found in another Mississippi lake.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said Monday that giant salvinia has now been found in Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The plant had previously been found in Pickwick, Bay Springs, Columbus, and Aberdeen lakes, Ross Barnett Reservoir and the Pascagoula River marsh.

The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic life and hamper swimming and boating.

Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the department, says officials believe the plant is sticking to boat trailers and being introduced to new lakes. Riecke again urges people to inspect and clean their boats and trailers.

It’s illegal to release any aquatic species into Mississippi state waters.

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