THE ZEBRA MUSSEL: A RECENT INVADER OF NORTH AMERICA

The introduction of the zebra mussel into the Great Lakes seems to have occurred in late 1985 or 1986 as a result of the discharge of fresh water ballast by oceangoing ships. The mussel has spread rapidly throughout Lake Erie and into Lake Ontario, raising concerns among water users in North America. It attaches firmly to such solid substrata as piers, buoys, breakwalls and vessel hulls, and has disrupted the operation of municipal and industrial water intakes by restricting the flow of water through the pipes. In time, the mussel will probably spread to the Mississippi River Basin, and the Hudson River Basin. The extent and impact of the infestation are discussed, as are some countermeasures that might help to control the problem.

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    • Nalepa, T F
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  • Accession Number: 00659531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM