Zebra Mussels

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Zebra mussels have been a major problem in Midwestern and Great Lakes waterways for more than three decades when the invasive species was brought over by ships from the Black Sea in eastern Europe. Officials say the mussels were first found in South Dakota in 2014 and have recently spread to new areas.

Mike Greiner is the aquatic invasive species coordinator for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Greiner says zebra mussels spread in the summer months when waters are regularly above 50 degrees.

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Governor Kristi Noem has entered the fight against the invasive zebra mussel in South Dakota.

Kevin Woster writes about it in his SDPB blog, On the Other Hand.

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The discovery of zebra mussels in a second Missouri River reservoir has prompted Governor Kristi Noem to warn boaters to pull their plugs before and after they've had their crafts in South Dakota waters to prevent contamination.

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Division Director explains why invasive species life causes problems and how we can prevent them from getting worse.

Game, Fish, and Parks

The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe in central South Dakota last Friday.

The mussels are native to European seas and can produce up to 1,000,000 offspring a year.

Chris Hull is a communications specialist with Game, Fish, and Parks. He says the presence of these mussels can have a harmful effect on life in the lake.

Sam Stukel / South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

Some environmental groups are blaming the EPA for not doing enough to control invasive species like zebra mussels.  

This week a coalition of groups won a ruling in the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that calls on the EPA to do more.    The lawsuit deals with regulations for ballast water in large ships that can transport invasive species.

Some invasives can decimate local fish populations, and do millions of dollars in damage to recreational and commercial fishing.  

Zebra Mussels Invade Lewis And Clark Lake

Aug 24, 2015
Sam Stukel, GFP Fisheries Biologist
Sam Stukel, GFP Fisheries Biologist

The invasive species of zebra mussels have been found in Lewis and Clark Lake. The Game Fish and Parks found mussels attached to boats on the Yankton reservoir.

Zebra mussels are small shell species that cause huge problems. Jeff VanMeeteren is the regional park supervisor for the southeastern part of the state. He says the  hard mussels can cause damage to any hard surface in the water.