Fish Farmers Must Learn Zebra Mussel Prevention From A To Z

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Looking forward to the 10th anniversary of the American debut of the zebra mussel and looking back at the tens of millions of dollars of damage the miniature mollusk has inflicted on industrial and municipal water users, it's no wonder aquaculture managers are wondering when it's their turn.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant aquaculture specialist LaDon Swann says "Anytime now."

The fingernail-sized mussel's ability to thrive in U.S. waters, its remarkable proclivity for proliferation, and its gift for hitchhiking in bilge water or on boat bottoms makes fish farm contamination a foregone conclusion, says Swann, who works out of Purdue University's animal sciences department. In response, Sea Grant has published a series of fact sheets to help aquaculturists prevent or control a zebra mussel infestation.

Commercial aquaculture operations, several of which operate in Illinois and Indiana, may be at risk, he says, because of the large amount of water that accompanies wild-caught fish, brood fish or fry stock that may be introduced to the operation. Undetected Zebra mussel larvae could be suspended in the water, Swann says, or the spat could be introduced though surface water supplies.

"Zebra mussels also can enter an operation through equipment such as nets, baskets and boots that have been used in infested areas," Swann says.

The problems start when the juvenile mollusks begin attaching to virtually any hard surface, including aerators, water supply valves and filtration systems. Because zebra mussels are filter feeders, they prefer settling in high-current areas which will bring a lot of food their way -- such as an intake pump.

Swann says the mussels pose two other potential problems: Some of their European ancestors harbor organisms that can cause diseases in fish, and their American offspring may, too. Also, a fish farm contaminated with zebra mussels could conceivably face quarantine measures or restrictions

Contact: Chris Sigurdson
Purdue University

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Farmers and GM crops should both impact farmland birds, Science study predicts
2. Farmers Can Afford To Clean Up Gulf Of Mexico, Analysis Shows
3. Learned social preference in zebrafish
4. Clemson launches S.C. DNA Learning Center
5. Learning opportunities expand using GIS data
6. Learning how cells tiny motor powers its mobility
7. Learning how organs tell left from right
8. Learning is growing: scientists investigate the links between memory and brain development
9. Researchers Learn How Nature Produces Cholesterol-Lowering Lovastatin
10. Jefferson Scientists Find Link Between Learning And Preventing Alzheimers
11. A Real Smart Asp: Snakes Show Surprising Ability To Learn

Post Your Comments:

(Date:5/15/2020)... , ... May 15, 2020 , ... The National Institutes ... property law firm based in Frederick, Maryland and Tysons Corner, Virginia, to provide patent ... biotechnology and a another in the field of chemistry. The firm is one of ...
(Date:5/11/2020)... HOUSTON (PRWEB) , ... May 11, 2020 , ... ... generation remote monitoring software platform for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The Octagos ... data using one portal. The software greatly simplifies the management of remote transmissions ...
(Date:5/1/2020)... ... April 30, 2020 , ... Flagship Biosciences , providers ... a biopharmaceutical and regulatory services advisor. The companies now deliver regulatory strategy and ... are taking a collaborative approach to empower more confident and informed regulatory decisions ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2020)... , ... May 08, 2020 , ... Worldwide Business ... their successful business program on Sunday, May 10, 2020 and Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ... This episode’s exclusive interviews will spotlight key executives from Techolution and ...
(Date:4/26/2020)... ... April 23, 2020 , ... ... an online store providing applications and services for use on Microsoft Azure. The ... needs to sign up online for a built-for-purpose customer engagement capability to use ...
(Date:4/18/2020)... ... , ... NeuroFlow has been awarded $750,000 from ... the expansion of its digital health platform enabling behavioral health integration in all ... process, adds to NeuroFlow’s recent government awards . , The SBIR Phase ...
(Date:4/1/2020)... ... March 31, 2020 , ... Dutch ... its revolutionary NEXTGENPCR endpoint thermocycler and consumables that decreases PCR amplification time ... per run, and standard, affordable laboratory equipment, a qualitative protocol was generated ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: