EURASIAN TENCH SIGHTING IN ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
On October 9th, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division observed a Eurasian tench in the St. Lawrence River.
Tench were first detected in the St. Lawrence River in 2006, and the population has been growing quickly. Once established, they form dense populations and compete with native fish for food. Tench also carry non-native parasites (making them a potential disease risk) and can also pose a threat to water quality by their tendency to kick up mud/sediment, as well as their consumption of zooplankton.
For more information or to report a capture, please contact the SRMT’s Environment Division at 518-358-5937. If you see a tench, you can also contact the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Environment Program by calling 613 575 2250 ext. 1040 or call the toll-free Invasive Species Hotline 1-800-563-7711. For more info visit http://www.invadingspecies.com/tench/.