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The Ecological Consequences Of "Promiscuous" Boating

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December 7, 2001
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First appearing in North American waters in 1988, the Eurasian zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) has rapidly colonized freshwater systems and can now be found in all of the Great Lakes as well as rivers large and small across the United States and Canada. Halting its spread has proven to be a significant undertaking, with researchers and policymakers fanning out to try and contain the harmful nonnative species. Researchers have long assumed that transient recreational boating provides a conduit for zebra mussels to be transported to inland lakes. A new study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications provides insight into the ecological risks posed by this popular recreational activity.

First appearing in North American waters in 1988, the Eurasian zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) has rapidly colonized freshwater systems and can now be found in all of the Great Lakes as well as rivers large and small across the United States and Canada. Halting its spread has proven to be a significant undertaking, with researchers and policymakers fanning out to try and contain the harmful nonnative species. Researchers have long assumed that transient recreational boating provides a conduit for zebra mussels to be transported to inland lakes. A new study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications provides insight into the ecological risks posed by this popular recreational activity.


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