Flathead Biological Station tests for aquatic invasive mussels


welcome back scientists a flathead biological station must sample Flathead Lake for any detection of aquatic invasive species empty and Myron Hsu was with them for the first round of testing this year it’s what has to be done to keep Montana’s waters clear of aquatic invasive species well today we’re doing our first round of sampling for the year we normally come out three times a year we sample thirty-one spots Phil Mattson with flat at a biological station says in twenty sixteen vasive mussel larvae were detected in the Tiber in Canyon ferry reservoir these invasive mussels clog pipes drains boats and ruins the lakes ecosystem since then Matson’s team tests Flathead Lake for any detection of invasive mussel species but it’s not that easy with one sample we’re looking for the environmental DNA of the descendant mussels which you can find basically everywhere if a species is present and then the other sample is going for a microscopy analysis the different samples go to labs across the state for any detection of invasive mussel species this work is extremely important keeping our waters boats and pipes from looking like this to looking more like this Evan Smith with the Salish and Kootenai tribe says it’s a careful process to avoid potential cross contamination as you can see the team wears gloves and sterilizes every sample tube if we do get a positive hit we don’t want to be spreading it around so we’re making that we’re just doing a very strict protocols to make sure and then we’re not doing any cross-contamination of our samples you can do your part to prevent the spread of these mussels clean drain and dry your water crafts and stop at mana tarry boat checks before you set sail in Polson Maren sue MTN news in addition to watercraft inspection areas there are statewide decontamination sites in case your watercraft does not pass the inspection

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