Exotic Pest Reporting
Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) is a mollusk pest. It is a native of Caspian Sea region of Asia and was first detected in Lake St. Clair, Michigan in 1988.
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are small, fingernail-sized mussels. They are believed to have been transported to the Great Lakes via ballast water from a transoceanic vessel. Since that time, they have spread rapidly to all of the Great Lakes and waterways in many states, as well as Ontario and Quebec. This pest poses a large risk to U.S. plant health. International commerce provides recognized avenues of introduction.
Summaries of State Plant Protection Laws and Regulations
08/13/2015 - Lakes Need Boaters Help to Keep Out Dangerous Plants
09/15/2014 - Fish and Aquatic Conservation
09/15/2014 - Invasive Species in Minnesota: Minnesota DNR
09/15/2014 - Map: Aquatic invasive species spread across Minn.
06/04/2014 - State Money to Combat Lake Invasives
04/07/2014 - Do Not Move a Mussel - or a Clam, or a Snail
02/27/2014 - Invasive Species Legislation Introduced
02/13/2014 - Link Between Zebra Mussels, Risk of Algae Blooms
01/16/2014 - State proposes new invasive species regulations