South Dakota's zebra mussel response team finds invasive species in Roy Lake
New Game, Fish & Parks division discovers contamination in first week on mussel zebra battlefield
A new division of South Dakota's Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) Department, recently formed to fight against Zebra Mussels in lakes across the state, is already finding itself in battle.
GFP announced on Friday that it has established a "Zebra Mussel Rapid Response Team," aimed at enabling swifter action in the event of a zebra mussel infestation discovery. The crew saw its first action this week when a property owner on Roy Lake, located in Marshall County in northeastern South Dakota, discovered zebra mussels while removing their dock from the water.
"We have implemented a Zebra Mussel Rapid Response Team of employees to better respond to zebra mussels and stay on top of lake situations," GFP Fisheries Program Manager Jake Davis said. "We are working with the public and GFP staff to quickly notify anglers, boaters, and other recreational users of a zebra mussel presence in a water body and to help educate water users."
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