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New York Sea Grant Education Series Native or Invasive? Part II: Fishes

Posted on Thursday, 17th November 2011 | Uncategorized

Eurasian ruffe is an invasive species that matures much faster than native Great Lakes fish and can adapt to a greater variety of habitats. As of mid-September 2011, this invader was not known to occur in Eastern Lake Ontario. Photo: Gary Cholwek.The ruffe has an advantage over all of these native species. It can reproduce multiple times a year, matures faster, and can adapt to a greater variety of habitat types. For these reasons, it is a threat to Great Lakes fisheries.

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