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Aleszu, here is a paper from that mosquito board’s efforts: http://www.albany.edu/faculty/fboscoe/papers/moise.pdf
Thanks for sharing the paper! Very interesting biological control.
Is there a link somewhere to 1960s Times-Picayune cartoons?
Hi Tim – You bet – and apologies for the oversight. We’ve added the link in the text. Best, -Tom
Mosquito-fish are native to Southeastern and Eastern US, but when introduced to water bodies elsewhere, they either compete destructively with native fish that eat mosquito larvae or they eat the insects that eat mosquito larvae. They are not a panacea for mosquito control. For more information, see http://www.gambusia.net/
Thanks, Ellen. That’s an important point you make. USFWS only granted New Orleans a permit for pools–and not natural waterways–because of this. Your point will definitely be a concern if the fish are proposed as a biological control in regions outside those endemic areas. Interestingly, though, the fish have been tested in places like New Jersey: http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu/outreach/ipm.php