Fisheries Expert:Battling Aquatic Invasive Species - View the video

Phil Moy

Phil Moy
Fisheries and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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Phil Moy has been with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute since 1999. He provides information and statewide support on fisheries. Phil also monitors the spread of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin waters, and produces a wide range of outreach materials and partners with other organizations to battle the spread. He formerly worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Chicago Dispersal Barrier Project, which has placed electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to repel Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan. Phil holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.

Since the 1800s, more than 185 exotic aquatic organisms of all types – including plants, fish, algae, viruses and mollusks – have established themselves in the Great Lakes. The species displace those that are native, and take a toll on an ecosystem. There are ways to fight back. Well-known Wisconsin invaders, like the sea lamprey, are now better controlled. Even the high-jumping Asian carp, which is knocking at the door of Great Lakes, has run into shocking barriers thanks, in part, to the work of Phil Moy. In his role as a fisheries expert, Moy will talk about his battles with aquatic invasive species and review the kinds of career paths that can help in this fight to protect Wisconsin waters. (Running Time 22:11)