Bloodworm Packaging Carries Invasive Species
From John Ewart,
Aquaculture and Fisheries Specialist
Delaware Aquaculture Resource Center
Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
University of Delaware
Protect Our Fisheries Keep Out Invasive Species Trash Unused Worms & Packaging … Are you an angler who buys and uses bait worms? You can make a difference in keeping Mid-Atlantic fisheries healthy and free of harmful, non-native animals and plants. A key step you can take: Please throw away your unused, unneeded bait worms in the garbage, along with any seaweed or other types of packaging that your bait is packed in. Bait worms imported from other states or countries can carry unwanted species in the packages, like small crabs and snails. Called “invasive” species, these can show up in places they don’t belong. They can cause serious harm to the economy and the environment and may damage your fishing spot. To prevent this, please trash both the bait worms — bloodworms, sandworms, etc. — and the packaging material. Please use a trash container or take them home to your own trash can for disposal. Why the Bait Creates a Problem Bait worms and their packaging come from companies that are outside the Mid-Atlantic region. Bait worms are usually packaged in live seaweed that harbors many live animals and plants. Nonnative crabs, snails, and a variety of other animals and plants can hitch a ride to wherever the bait is sold. The little “hitchhiking” aquatic invaders are often too small to see with the naked eye.
Please dispose of all packaging and algae from bloodworms. We don’t need any more invasive species in Delaware waters.