Climate Change Could Lead to More Massive Fish Kills in Texas

State Impact - In the study, researchers from Texas Tech and the USGS show how “salinity is the most important known variable influencing Golden Algae distribution and bloom formation in inland waters.” In other words, the saltier a lake or reservoir is, the more habitable it will be to this algal invader.

From the Asian Carp to the Zebra Mussel, Texas has its fair share of invasive species. Some of them get a lot of attention (I’m looking at you, voracious feral hog). Others tend to sneak under the radar even when they damage ecosystems.From the Asian Carp to the Zebra Mussel, Texas has its fair share of invasive species. Some of them get a lot of attention (I’m looking at you, voracious feral hog). Others tend to sneak under the radar even when they damage ecosystems.

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In the study, researchers from Texas Tech and the USGS show how “salinity is the most important known variable influencing Golden Algae distribution and bloom formation in inland waters.” In other words, the saltier a lake or reservoir is, the more habitable it will be to this algal invader.

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