Zebra Mussel Bulletin - Province Advises Zebra Mussel Larvae Found in Lake Winnipeg's South Basin.
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What are Aquatic Invasive Species?
An aquatic invader is a non-native species, whose introduction will likely cause (or has already caused) damage to the host ecosystem, existing species therein, the economy or human well-being. Invasive species thrive in the absence of their native predators and have the potential to drastically alter habitat, rendering it inhospitable for native species. ( Source: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Why are Zebra Mussels making news?
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) were confirmed in Lake Winnipeg in the fall of 2013. Zebra mussels are small, clam-like, aquatic animals that are a significant environmental and economic concern to Manitoba. Native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia, zebra mussels have caused millions of dollars in damage to the Laurentian Great Lakes area and have cost the North American economy billions of dollars to control.
Zebra Mussel Treatment and Control Project
Since Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Winnipeg in the Fall of 2013, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship has explored a number of options to address the issue, culminating in the Treatment and Control Project in 4 harbours. The Frequently Asked document listed below contains answers to common questions posed by Manitobans.
Please visit this web page regularly to get current status updates on the Zebra Mussel Treatment and Control Prroject. View the calendar below for treatment dates. To help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels, click here.
Zebra Mussel Treatment and Control Project Documents
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Other Aquatic Invasive Species
If you think you have encountered an aquatic invasive species, or need further information, please contact:
Manitoba Conservation & Water Stewardship, Fisheries Branch
Telephone: (204) 945-7787
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