Zebra/Quagga Mussels are invasive species that we hope to keep out of our wonderful Montana Waters. These critters would be next to impossible to remove if they find their way into our rivers and lakes.
The MT FWP has made a special effort to prevent these villains from contaminating our waters. Inspection checkpoints at boat ramps and other areas hope to curb any contamination.
In 2017, 17 boats were found to be full of the mussels. Thankfully, they were prevented from launching into the waters. This year has seen a new record high! 34 vessels were found to be contaminated.
The reason for the jump is unclear. Personally, I think that the Covid Pandemic allowed more boaters free time to use their boats. This is supported by the crowded waterways and boat ramps. Boaters were laid off, out of work, or on forced furloughs. So, what do you do when you do not have to work?
Increased testing and monitoring have also helped. Walk/wade fishermen need to also be aware of their boots. The eggs and microscopic particles of New Zealand Snails, Rock Snot, and other cooties can contaminate our streams. Allow your footwear to thoroughly dry out.
You can get more information about invasive species at info@https://mtfwp.maps.arcgls.com.
Keep the cooties at bay!
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