Holding the Line on Invasive Mussels by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Oregon Conservation Strategy identifies invasive species as a key issue of concern. Today, Oregon is attempting to hold the line against destructive quagga mussels that are spreading across the country. States infested with invasive mussels spend millions of dollars each year to keep water systems unclogged and ecosystems balanced. 

Experts believe if quaggas enter Oregon, it will be by boat or houseboat so the Marine Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, invasive species groups, and others are mobilizing resources to protect Oregon’s freshwaters from what would be a costly management effort. Workshops, boat washing demonstrations, and media events are being used to spread the word. Monitoring efforts paid off with the early detection and quarantine of a quagga-infested boat. Prevention, early detection and swift action will help protect native fish and wildlife from invasive species, before more costly measures are needed.

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