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Mussels continue to be problem for boaters

Created: 05/16/2014 6:24 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Summer time in New Mexico means waters across the state will soon be invaded by boats. That means the threat of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels invading our waters too.

“We want our waters to stay clean,” said New Mexico Game and Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator James Dominguez.

The mussels are found in bodies of water in every state surrounding New Mexico. There are no natural predators and the mussels multiply quickly, clogging up irrigation systems and harming aquatic life.

“Once you get them in the water it's hard to get rid of them. Costs a whole lot of money to manage around them, whether it is for hydroelectric power, irrigation,” Dominguez said.

The mussels are known to hitch a ride form lake to lake, by attaching themselves to boats.

New Mexico Game and Fish has a simple way for boat owners to help keep New Mexico’s Waterways clear of threats. Boat owners are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their boats after each trip to the lake.

“Clean your boat by taking off plants, mud, any debris that comes on to the boat. Draining your boat means pulling the plugs lowering your motor, and the drying process is letting it dry on the way home and then maybe another day at home,” Dominguez said.

If your boat has been in another body of water, New Mexico Game and Fish offers hot water decontamination for free, all you have to do is call for an appointment.

For more information, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ais/ais.html


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