Zebra Mussels were once a native species in Europe, but due to international cargo shipping and great lake cargo ships, the mussels have found their way into every lake, river, pond, and canal across North America, and have been a pest ever since.
In 2013 the mussels were found in Lake Winnipeg and by the end of the decade, they’ve reached the Red River connecting to the Nelson River and been spotted in the connecting lakes across the province.
Despite their size (around the size of a nickel, but can grow up to one inch), Zebra Mussels cause a lot of damage to the aquatic wildlife even starting at the microscopic size, destroying the water beds, mass reproduction, clogging water treatment pipes, and many other harmful things.
The Citizens for Protecting Our Northern Waterways Inc. is a group of local citizens and business owners who volunteer to protect the waterways of northern Manitoba.
Representing The Pas, Clearwater Lake, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), Rocky Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon, Snow Lake, Thompson, and Chemawawin First Nation.
The main focus of this group has been stopping the spread of the invasive species before it starts. Zebra Mussels can be transported very easily by unchecked/dirty Aquatic equipment.
“We work closely with the provincial government’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Unit,” said CPONW President Chris Smith. “Our group determined very early on that it was important to collaborate with them to work together, rather than doing something counter-productive. The AIS Unit monitors quite a number of lakes in Manitoba and in that, they have a group of lakes in an area that we’re interested in." (Interview by Opasquia times)
Zebra Mussels can be eradicated from this province for good, the link below is to the CPONW website, detailing everything that will stop this Aquatic Invasive Species.
Spot The stripes and Stop the spread!