Zebra Mussels are small freshwater mussels that originated in the southern lakes of Russia. How did they get here? They have been accidentally introduced to other areas all over the world. They made their first North American appearance in the Great Lakes in 1988 and have spread rapidly ever since.
Our lakes and rivers are now under attack from this invasive species. The problem with Zebra Mussels is they grow right on top of each other. They start to stick on anything they can latch onto and then start latching onto each other damaging their environment, their neighbors in the water, and our boats.
You know where the Zebra Mussels came from and why they are bad. Now, what can you do about it? Do your part to help stop this invasive species from spreading. How do you do it? Each time you get out of the water give your boat in inspection. If you see any mussels, you need to take your boat into a certified cleaning facility and have them removed. Making sure that you are not spreading the mussels to any more lakes is the biggest thing that you can do to help.
Our great state of Texas is also doing its part to protect our waterways from Zebra Mussels. It is now illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels knowingly or unknowingly. In addition, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a statewide rule requiring boaters to drain all water from their boats before leaving or heading toward the water.
Don’t be a carrier just remember to Clean Drain, Dry!
Clean- Remove any dirt or object from your boat and trailer after each excursion.
Drain- Drain all water from your boat and gear.
Dry- Dry your boat out for a week or more before heading to another body of water.
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Battling Zebra Mussels