New DNR Catch-Phrase 25 May 12

The DNR has a new catch-phrase in its war on invasive species: “Don’t Move A Mussel.” Conservation officers will be out in force this holiday weekend looking for boaters who fail to make sure they are not transferring zebra mussels and other damaging species from one waterway to another. The DNR’s Heidi Wolf says that once a body of water gets invasive species, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them. She reminds boaters to check the outside of their craft for any mussels and other species, and to drain all water before leaving a boat launch. She says that anglers and boaters are getting the word that they are the first line of defense against aquatic species that disrupt the food chain of native fish and vegetation.