Online tool combats sales of invasives

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

The Great Lakes Commission created a web tool designed to prevent sales of aquatic invasive species over the Internet. Now, the commission is working to get it into the hands of state and federal regulators.

The software crawls the web looking for sites selling plants or animals invasive to the Great Lakes and then records the data. In the first 30 days of data gathering the web tool found 58 different invasive species sold online.

Project’s director Erika Jensen says most of the invaders purchased are aquatic plants. They make their way from homes into the environment.

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