State Officials Seek Help from Boaters to Prevent Spread of Invasive Mussels

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - State wildlife officials hope to start tests to determine if zebra mussel larvae are in Bull Shoals Lake.  They also want help from boaters in keeping the invasive animals from spreading to other lakes.  Last month, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed that zebra mussels have made their way into the lake.

The small, striped mussels cause damage by attaching themselves to structures in the water, and colonies of them can clog drinking water and power plant intakes, as well as boater intakes.  Zebra mussels are spread by water that contains its microscopic larvae and they multiply quickly.

State wildlife officials are urging boaters to clean their boats, trailers, and live wells that were in Bull Shoals Lake or the White River to prevent the spread to Norfork Lake.  Boats and trailers also won't be infested with zebra mussel larvae if they are completely dry for five days.

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