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Invasive Round Goby in the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers: What’s the latest?

March 20, 2023

The Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus) is an invasive benthic fish indigenous to the Ponto-Caspian region of Eurasia. It recently colonized the Great Lakes and has expanded eastward through the New York State Canal System over the past decade. The species was first documented in the Mohawk River watershed in 2014 and was found in the Hudson River in 2021. Round Goby can adversely affect aquatic ecosystems in many ways such as outcompeting native benthic fishes, consuming the eggs of nest-building species such as Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu), and transferring contaminants to higher trophic levels (e.g., desirable gamefish). They can also carry the viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) virus which has been linked to fish kills in New York and some evidence suggests Round Goby are an important vector in avian botulism outbreaks. However, the presence of Round Goby has also been linked to faster growth rate and larger maximum size of some predators such as Smallmouth Bass. ed watersheds of the northeastern United States.

Publication Year 2023
Title Invasive Round Goby in the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers: What’s the latest?
Authors Scott D. George, Barry P. Baldigo, Christopher B. Rees, Meredith L. Bartron, Richard M. Pendleton, Steven Pearson
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70241438
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization New York Water Science Center