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WATER QUALITY Zebra Mussels
 
Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized animals that attach to solid surfaces in water. Zebra mussels have spread throughout the Great Lakes, parts of the Mississippi River, and other rivers and inland lakes. They were first found in Minnesota in the Duluth/Superior Harbor in 1989.
 
Mussels attach to boats, nets, docks, swim platforms, boat lifts, and can be moved on any of these objects. They can also attach to aquatic plants. Mussels can also be spread by carrying the veliger (a larval mollusk) in water that has not been drained from boats or bait buckets.
 
You can't always see zebra mussels because their larvae are invisible to the naked eye. They can survive for days in water trapped in a boat. The only way to be sure you're not carrying zebra mussels to another body of water is to always inspect your boat, trailer, and gear and clean, drain, and dry boats and buckets when leaving an infested area.
 
 
Zebra Mussels Zebra mussels can impact the environment of lakes where they live. They eat tiny food particles that they filter out of the water, which can reduce the available food for larval fish and other animals, and cause aquatic vegetation to grow as a result of increased water clarity. Zebra mussels can also attach to, and smother, native mussels.
 
Zebra Mussels
 
 
 
 
 
 
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