EMS is currently combating the invasive Amazonian Apple Snail in conjunction with State agencies in a coastal river system. The work involves a multitude of control strategies and techniques that include egg mass destruction, hand and trap capture, and tracking/mapping of the location and spread of the destructive mollusks.
EMS uses our experience and resources to combat these types of invaders with scientific approaches that include development of new methods to aid in control, capture, and elimination. State of the art real-time data capture and mapping allows documentation of results and fosters accurate decision-making for deployment of resources. Captured snails are bagged, frozen, and delivered to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) for inventory and destruction.
Since May of 2021, EMS crews have accomplished substantial control actions as detailed below:
The resources we deploy to combat these invasive species include: