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Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring

What's an AIS?

Aquatic Invasive Species are plants and animals that live in
water and invade ecosystems beyond their natural, historical
range. Their presence may harm native ecosystems,
agriculture, commercial, or recreational activities.

We’ve been contracted by the Ministry of Environment to
monitor and educate the public about Zebra/ Quagga Mussels.

Why we do not want Zebra/ Quagga Mussels in Saskatchewan: 

-They reproduce rapidly. One Zebra Mussel can produce 40,000 eggs each time, up to four times a season! This means that one Zebra Mussel can produce 1, 000, 000 a year

-They do not eat blue-green algae, resulting in toxic blooms
 
-They eat up the lowest link in the food chain, which disrupts the complex web

-One Zebra Mussel can filter up to 1 Liter of water a day! The water may seem clearer, but in reality they redistribute the nutrients to the bottom of the lake

-Having clearer water allows sunlight to penetrate further into the water creating more vegetation which can hindrance recreational activities 

-Upon death, the decaying shells build up on beaches. The sharp shells are a safety hazard and the foul smell deters recreational activities 

-Zebra Mussels attach to hard surfaces and build on top of each other, which can clog water intake structures/ facilities, boat motors, and ballast tanks. They have even sunk navigational buoys before! 

-Once attached Zebra Mussels do not detach. To remove the shells one must have to chisel them away 

If you find or suspect Zebra Mussels, you are obligated to call
the Ministry of Environment TIP Line @ 1-800-667-7561 or
#5555 from a Sasktel cell phone ASAP!

We are monitoring at docks on the following lakes:
• Madge Lake
• Batka Lake
• Fishing Lake
• Good Spirit Lake
• Lake of the Prairies

A monitoring station consisting of concrete poured within PVC pipe.


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