Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health.

What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health.

Aquatic invasive species in the Peconic Estuary.

Invasive species come from all around the world and can be introduced to our local ecosystems in many ways.

Why are invasive species a threat?

Ludwigia peploides, creeping water primrose, is invasive in the Peconic River.

Ludwigia peploides, creeping water primrose, is invasive in the Peconic River.

Invasive plants have damaged Long Island’s unique habitats by replacing native flora, and in turn, negatively impacting wildlife and natural ecosystem processes. Invasive species are among the top causes of biodiversity loss across the globe.

Invasive species contribute to:

  • Habitat degradation and loss
  • The loss of native plants, fish, and wildlife
  • The loss of recreational opportunities and income
  • Crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock

Click here for the latest Long Island Invasive Species Alerts

Many aquatic invasive species are spread by boats- prevent the spread of invasive species and protect the health of the estuary by following these Peconic-Friendly Boating tips.

 

 


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