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Posted on 09/03/2017 8:11:31 PM PDT by Utilizer
The United States has been invaded, not by a foreign army or extraterrestrials, but by two species of freshwater mollusks commonly called quagga and the lesser-known zebra mussels.
Invasive species are of great concern to fishery biologists and to local officials, the Plumas County Sheriffs Office and to PG&E, owners of Lake Almanor, as well as Bucks Lake near Quincy and nearby Butt Lake near Humbug Valley.
State and federal agencies have joined forces to avert further infestations of quagga mussels and are urging boaters to help stop the spread of the non-native mollusks in California.
According to information from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife website, A multi-agency taskforce, including the California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Boating and Waterways, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Services, and many local governments and water agencies, have launched a statewide outreach campaign to alert the public and particularly boat owners about the mussel threat.
These agencies, along with local authorities and other stakeholders, seek to coordinate efforts to prevent and control harmful invasive species infestations throughout the state with oversight by the California Invasive Species Council, whose mission is to assist in minimizing the negative effects of non-native species on the states agriculture lands, natural resources and waterways in rural and urban environments.
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But I have a question... I thought mussels and clams were edible?
We had water shortages around here a few years ago because they needed to re-design a pipeline so it wouldn’t bring zebra mussels from an infested lake to a clean lake. By the time they had spent millions on design and engineering and got the pipeline in operation, the zebra mussels had made their way into the new lake on their own.
More lack of common sense than incompetence, but reflective of the agency.
I hear they taste like chicken.
There is no doubt the mussels cleaned up the water in the Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie. But they do consume much plankton used as food by small fish, which in turn would be eaten by bigger fish.
Next headline will be “ Mussel clams muscles into Butt Lake”. I don’t even want to think of what the subtitle would be, but I will try.
“Butt Muscles: Taste Like Chicken”
or “Butt Muscles: Smarter than you think”.
But I could be wrong about that. 😎
Zebra Mussels: Just when you thought that stripes were only for Hillary and the Democrats!
Spread them out on a hot plate until they open up and use a tooth pick to remove the flesh. After that, treat them like clams or clam chowder.
If they’re tasty, what is the problem?
mussels and islams are parasites. They should never be allowed to attach. I offer this solution ...
About 20 years ago zebra mussels overran the Ohio river. Every rock, every stick, every surface was covered with them. They were clogging water intake pipes. Doom and destruction was forecast big time! Then something came along that liked to eat them and 10 years later they are mostly gone. Funny how things like that work out. Almost like there’s a plan to keep things in line...
Steam in a colander, melt some butter, and everything will be OK
Well, if that is the case then I would put a great many of them in a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and simmer to reduce and thicken, then pour liquid through strainer and set aside to cool. Use as fish stock for basic white rice base with added chopped onions, butter, and salt for light side dish or fillet of fish bedding.
Just a thought. :)
I was wondering what they ate.
They’re edible, but they collect all the nasty stuff in the water like a filter, so if you eat them, you get to ingest all the nasty stuff that was in the water too.
I guess it depends on how clean the water you get them from is in the first place.
But I thought California favors open immigration?
“Butt Lake” ?
More left wing unintended consequences.
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