A record number of mussel-fouled watercraft have been intercepted at state inspection stations this summer-
It’s been kind of a half empty, half full aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection effort this summer in Montana. There has been less watercraft inspected but a record number of mussel-fouled watercraft discovered. That’s not good but the fact that inspectors found them is good.00
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If it’s summerish time, it’s mussel time-
Summer vacation season is invasive mussel lookout season in Montana and the Flathead Indian Reservation. Mussel inspection stations have sprouted up throughout Montana beginning in mid-March and will be in full bloom in mid-May.
Cost of a quagga and zebra mussel infestation-
A quagga and zebra mussel worst-case scenario invasion could cost an estimated $234 million per year in damages to the Montana economy.
Invasive mussels found in aquarium moss balls sold in Montana-
It appears these moss balls were imported from Ukraine to a distributor in California and then shipped to pet stores nationwide.