August 1, 2011.
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This is a first step assay of the contents in a box of imported worms from Maine intended for sport fishing bait, with a goal of confirming the presence of invasive species and developing safe handling protocols.
Three boxes of each type of worm were examined and the visible contents were isolated, photographed and identified.
A method for sorting, measuring worms for seasonal changes, and cataloging the contents was established.
Gregory M. Ruiz
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)
This material is based upon work supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation or the National Science Foundation.