14 comments on “The Massive Threat of Miniscule Mollusks in British Columbia

  1. Wow. That was a very enjoyable read. Invasive species are definitely a major concern for conservation biologists, and I had no idea that this threat was so dire. We definitely need more strict regulations involving boat and plane traffic on lakes, and it seems like a relatively simple preventative measure. If it manages to stop this invasive species, or others, from invading our lakes and rivers, it would be cheap at twice the price. Maybe our project should be to look into this, and possibly advocate it?

  2. I remember Brian Heise talking about these guys in Limnology all the time. If they are introduced into BC, it will cost us a fortune in taxes to remove them from our water pipes. Prevention is rarely focused on it seems…action is usually taken when it’s too late. Maybe we could talk to Brian about how to help. He’s a board member on some sort of invasive species committee or something.

  3. Awesome blog, Connor. Invasive species are every where, and the public generally has no idea until it is too late. Most people tend to associate invasive species with plants (and as we all know no one pays attention to plants), so many animal invaders are overlooked. Preventing these invading alien mollusks (and other pesky species) is essential!

  4. Every bit of awareness helps. This class is inspiring me to start writing letters, and pushing for change. Its crazy that we aren’t more careful with invasives.

  5. Wow this is NUTS!!! I’ve heard of this invasive species, but I never knew the kind of threat they possessed. BC needs to get their act together to make sure we don’t get “invaded”.

  6. Well, that certainly is worrying. I have two questions though — (1) can these species survive in BC and (2), if they are found on the east coast, where did that Shuswap boat come by them!?!?

  7. Wow, regulations should definitely be implimented. The salmon industry is huge, it’s insane that the haven’t done anything yet.

  8. I worked for the Invasive Species Council this past summer surveying and educating boaters about these not-so-lovely little mussels. Nicola Lake is a good example of what can happen if invasives get in (Eurasian milfoil, redside shiners and more).
    Luckily, the boat found in the Shuswap had been cleaned (not very well) so the mussels were dead (or so they said in the press release)
    If we could pressure government into creating regulations similar to the ones they have in the states(pertaining to boat inspections and washes), we might have a chance at preventing the spread of these creatures to BC.
    If you need any more proof, check out what happened to Lake Mead. 😦

  9. nice blog. this is a great example of a cascade effect through the food chain/ web. hopefully they stay out of bc!

  10. Boat inspections should definitely be made a regulation, especially when moving between water bodies (even within a province). It would be difficult to implement though, since so many people enjoy the freedom of towing their boat to whichever lake they desire. I think it’s a movement that is necessary if we want to preserve the integrity of our water bodies… There are lots of invasive species associated with water, including plants.

  11. If only there were hundreds of poor starving science students who could be employed on a summer basis to do boat inspections for every lake…. 🙂

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