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Invasive mussel confirmed in Utah's Electric Lake (Zebra mussels)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/08 | Mike Stark - ap

Posted on 11/20/2008 10:52:25 AM PST by NormsRevenge

SALT LAKE CITY – Trouble-making zebra mussels have arrived in Utah. But not where they were expected to show up.

Electric Lake is Utah's first body of water where the damaging, nonnative mussels have been confirmed, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The officials said they were surprised the fast-spreading mussels appeared there first because it's a high-elevation lake with relatively few boaters. It is boaters who sometimes unknowingly transport the mussels from lake to lake on their crafts.

Most expected the mussels to show up first at Lake Powell.

The mussels "showed up in one of the least-expected places," said Larry Dalton, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "That's how bewildering this little devil is."

Zebra mussels and their cousins, quagga mussels, were inadvertently introduced into the Great Lakes about 20 years ago. They reproduce and spread rapidly, threatening food sources for fish and clogging machinery and water pipes.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: confirmed; invasive; invasivespecies; mussel; quagga; utah; zebra

1 posted on 11/20/2008 10:52:25 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

These guys can be tough on power plant cooling water intakes.


2 posted on 11/20/2008 10:53:31 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, they really do overpopulate.

But on the other hand, they really do clean up the water too.


3 posted on 11/20/2008 10:53:55 AM PST by Pessimist
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Zebra Mussel

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/zebramussel.shtml


4 posted on 11/20/2008 10:54:50 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re trying to mussel in on the territory.


5 posted on 11/20/2008 10:56:06 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Flexing their mussels.)
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Quagga Mussel

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/quagga.shtml


6 posted on 11/20/2008 10:56:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge
Check with New Zealand on what this means.

I suspect sabotage. Didn't Dick Cheney find some zebra mussels in his pace maker?

7 posted on 11/20/2008 10:56:35 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NormsRevenge; thackney

Can they be eaten?..............


8 posted on 11/20/2008 10:56:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: NormsRevenge

0bama’s fault


9 posted on 11/20/2008 10:57:12 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: Red Badger

ahhh, I don’t see any recipes,, but.. ;-)


10 posted on 11/20/2008 10:57:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Harvest, cook, can, sell................

11 posted on 11/20/2008 10:57:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re screwed.


12 posted on 11/20/2008 10:58:10 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Red Badger
Not if you are expecting to get a meal without a LOT of work.

A couple thousand for a meal, I would guess.

13 posted on 11/20/2008 10:59:00 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yea who cares though!

Enviro whacko’s need to shut up and accept that this is the return species we are replacing for destroting the 8 Toed German Field Mouse or some other such nonsense.

If they area problem for the power plants, then come with a deadly to clam solution and can the crying.


14 posted on 11/20/2008 10:59:17 AM PST by GulfBreeze (McCain/Palin 08 (It's about CREATING wealth, stupid! Not spreading it.))
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To: thackney

Protein is protein........


15 posted on 11/20/2008 10:59:58 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: thackney

Put them in a press and use the squished parts for soup at high end restaraunts...


16 posted on 11/20/2008 11:00:18 AM PST by GulfBreeze (McCain/Palin 08 (It's about CREATING wealth, stupid! Not spreading it.))
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To: NormsRevenge

17 posted on 11/20/2008 11:00:59 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: Pessimist

Too bad they’re too tiny to be eaten. Are they edible anyway?


18 posted on 11/20/2008 11:01:05 AM PST by brooklyn dave (Four Years of Socialism)
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To: NormsRevenge

They will eventually be in every lake since boaters go from lake to lake without thoroughly cleaning their boats.


19 posted on 11/20/2008 11:02:20 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (Thanks to the robber barons in D.C. and on Wall St. I've been forced to become a minimalist.)
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To: Red Badger
Of course it doesn't take long to get a lot of them growing (hence the problem)


20 posted on 11/20/2008 11:02:42 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

A guy I graduated HS with up in Michigan became a professional diver, their company made a fortune cleaning out the Cook county nuke plant intake pipes over in lake Michigan, and the intake pipes near Detroit were an almost continuous contract for them. A few years out of HS and he had a house, new car and was doing really well, all thanks to those little buggers.

One of the biggest problems with zebra mussels is they clean the water so well that seaweed and grasses explode from the sunlight getting down so deep, a major problem in itself when the shorelines start looking like the Sargasso sea.


21 posted on 11/20/2008 11:02:50 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: NormsRevenge

They are a big problem in the Great Lakes Region.


22 posted on 11/20/2008 11:03:00 AM PST by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies. God Loves Ptarmigans)
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23 posted on 11/20/2008 11:04:05 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: NormsRevenge

These little bastages clogged and messed up the water intake on my sailboat. They spread like wildfire and multiple like free-lovin’ liberal hippy rabbits on steroids. There is no death too wicked for them. Die you little bastages, DIE!


24 posted on 11/20/2008 11:04:14 AM PST by FreedomFerret
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To: NormsRevenge
We have them in our local reservoir. Great place to fish, but you can’t launch your boat unless it is quarantined for 10-14 days. Darn lake is 5 minutes from my house, but I have to drive almost an hour to get to places that aren’t even as nice as the local lake if I want to use my own boat.
25 posted on 11/20/2008 11:04:43 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: thackney

They may be a blessing in disguise. When the Famine Times come, they will be very welcome.....................

26 posted on 11/20/2008 11:05:30 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: GulfBreeze

One more time, in English.


27 posted on 11/20/2008 11:06:53 AM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: Red Badger

Yup.

Most can’t even imagine how it would be if they went four or five days without a meal.
By then, they’d be ready to eat shoe leather boiled with a couple onions.
I guarantee if I had about a quart of them things, I could make a very, very tasty soup or stew.


28 posted on 11/20/2008 11:07:17 AM PST by djf (The harsh reality of life is that reality is harsh.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let’s find something that eats them and turn a bunch of that loose in the lake.


29 posted on 11/20/2008 11:08:18 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: thackney
These guys can be tough on power plant cooling water intakes.

Are these heat seeking mussels?

30 posted on 11/20/2008 11:09:08 AM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: Red Badger

Beat me with the pic by a minute!


31 posted on 11/20/2008 11:09:25 AM PST by djf (The harsh reality of life is that reality is harsh.)
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To: thackney

Batter fry them and leave the crunchy “shells” on.


32 posted on 11/20/2008 11:10:12 AM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: A knight without armor
Let’s find something that eats them and turn a bunch of that loose in the lake.

I guar-ron-teee that cajuns will eat any'ting!


33 posted on 11/20/2008 11:12:14 AM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: GulfBreeze

Are you drinking?


34 posted on 11/20/2008 11:13:10 AM PST by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: brooklyn dave
Too bad they’re too tiny to be eaten. Are they edible anyway?

Nothing is too tiny.

Make a paste...


35 posted on 11/20/2008 11:15:28 AM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: djf

A local Chinese restaurant serves a clam soup with clams in shells about the same exact size of those mussels.......


36 posted on 11/20/2008 11:17:30 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: A knight without armor

“Let’s find something that eats them and turn a bunch of that loose in the lake.”
Hey! Yeah! Let’s ;et the Lampreys back in! Really, we should genetically modify them to grow huge, and solve the World’s food shortages.


37 posted on 11/20/2008 11:18:11 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: weegee
Are these heat seeking mussels?

LOL!!!............. They are apparently Stealth Cruise Mussels!.............

38 posted on 11/20/2008 11:19:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: brooklyn dave

They eat by filtering the water. They are so effective that if the body of water they are in is at all polluted they become concentrated depositories of the pollutants that they absorb.

Too small to make a harvestable meal for anything but the few smaller species that feed on them, many of which are poisoned.

They entered the Great Lakes from ballast water of overseas vessels.

I don’t really know if they are less of a problem overseas due to natural predators, but here they really impact lakes and waterways and will be a problem for power plants, boats in those waters, sluce gates and locks and existing vegatation. They encrust themselves on anything as shown by the photos above. Got a bilge pump or cooling water intake on your boat, it will get clogged and it is something that requies chisels to remove.


39 posted on 11/20/2008 11:20:04 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
...we should genetically modify them to grow huge, and solve the World’s food shortages.

WIKI says they can get up to two inches in size! That's eaten size!................

40 posted on 11/20/2008 11:20:41 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: weegee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OmpnfL5PCw


41 posted on 11/20/2008 11:20:55 AM PST by djf (The harsh reality of life is that reality is harsh.)
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To: Red Badger

“WIKI says they can get up to two inches in size! That’s eaten size!....”

“can” is the important word there. In ideal conditions, maybe. But, in general, only about .ooo1% of them do. They’re all small up here in Lake Erie. Very small.


42 posted on 11/20/2008 11:38:27 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: NormsRevenge
Why the quagga musscle is a danger
43 posted on 11/20/2008 12:11:57 PM PST by Foolsgold ("We live in the greatest country in the world and I am going to change it" Barry O'boomarang 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Zebra mussels are particularly insidious in that they undermine the very foundation of the Great Lakes’ food web. Being filer feeders, zebra mussels rob fish and other organisms of the food they need. They offer nothing in return; they provide no value as a prey organism and throw the natural ecosystem out of balance. Zebra mussels are implicated in the alarming disappearance of Diporeia, a key native zooplankter that is vital to the diet of many native fish species. Zebra mussels, when they interact with round gobies, another exotic pest, help produce the conditions that move botulism up the food web, killing Great Lakes fish and birds.

“Overall, zebra mussels have cost the fishery, the economy, and the people of the region dearly. It is time to learn from the hard lessons zebra mussels have taught us,” says Gaden. “We must manage the ballast from oceangoing vessels; ballast that has permanently littered our lakes with trash species like zebra mussels.”
http://www.glu.org/english/invasive_species/zebramussel/index.htm

“Besides clogging pipes and devouring most of the available microscopic food supply, zebra mussels may present a health hazard by increasing human and wildlife exposure to organic pollutants such as PCBs and PAHs. Studies have shown that zebra mussels can accumulate the pollutants in their tissues in concentrations 300,000 times greater than in the environment. They deposit these pollutants as pseudofeces, loose pellets of mucous mixed with particulate matter that they filter from the water. Scavenging animals that eat the pseudofeces may pass these pollutants up the food chain.”
http://www.gma.org/surfing/human/zebra.html

They kill off other life in lakes by eating their food supply. Looks like the only way to remove the mussels would be if they themselves ran out of food. But by that time, all other life in lakes would have already been killed off.


44 posted on 11/20/2008 12:59:05 PM PST by chessplayer
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