TUBENOSE GOBY'S Threatens Ecosystem

Invasive Species causes harm and TUBENOSE GOBY'S is to blame

Invasive TubeNose Goby's must be taken care of ASAP

The Tubenose Goby is an invasive species which is dangerous because they can

  • effect the chemical makeup of the water
  • availability of resource
  • alter the food web
  • compete for resources
  • invasive species negative to the biodiversity
  • incredibly costly The annual cost to take care of invasive species in the U.S is roughly 120 billion dollars per year
  • It's been estimated that it costs about 5% of the entire world's economy to control invasive species.

Information about the Tuberose Goby

  • The Tuberose Goby (Proterorhinus semilunaris) is native to rivers and estuaries of the Black and Caspian sea basins but later was declared as invasive when they found it in locations in the Great Lakes.
  • Researchers believe that in 1990 Tubenose goby were brought to North Americain the ballast water of ocean-going ships because of how frequently interlake shipping occurs and with the vast quantities of ballast water being transported.
  • Looks similar to the Roundnose Goby.
  • The Tuberose Goby has fused scallop-shaped pelvic
  • Its body can range from grey, light brown, olive, or tan
  • Dark black or brownish-reddish mottling on the back,
  • Small nostril tube extend over the upper lip
  • can grow to a size of 8.5 cm
The Tubenose Goby eats bottom-dwelling fish and competes with them for food. The fish may also eat and compete for food with other fish species that live near shore areas of lakes and rivers. The Tubenose Goby is not yet known to have any major impacts on the ecosystem but many researchers strongly believe it will in the long term.

You Can Help Stop The Invasion

You can help eliminate Tuberose Goby in its non-native regions by

  • Being aware of its appearance(which is described in the above paragraph).
  • Do not buy, use, or be caught in possesion of the Tubenose Goby as bait.
  • Share this article to anyone you know that can help solve this problem
  • Report any invaisve Tubenose Goby that is being imported, sold, or distributed immediately to
  • (1)Ministry of Natural Resources TIPS line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time
  • (2) Calling Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Actively supporting invasive species spread is not only a crime but also damaging nature and it should be met with appropriate force.