Zebra mussel containment protocols have been developed by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force established under the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. These protocols have been designed to ensure that research does not result in the unintentional introduction or dispersal of aquatic nuisance species to the navigable waters of the United States. Use of these protocols, however, is strictly voluntary. While monitoring may not usually fit the description of "research," in this case, the same guidelines apply for both monitoring programs and research projects. The most pertinent guidelines are summarized here. A complete set of guidelines, forms, and detailed protocols may be obtained from:
Dr. David Reid
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Depending upon the location of the research site, a particular protocol may be appropriate. Several agencies regularly distribute maps detailing the current range of the zebra mussel in North America (refer to the Distribution section for information). If all research will be conducted within the range of the zebra mussel (as defined in the current distribution map), then the following protocols are strongly recommended: Decontamination and Disinfection Procedures and the Accidental Discharge Protocol. If the project is not conducted entirely within the zebra mussel's range, then the Facility, Laboratory, and Experimental Locations and the Transportation and Shipping Protocol are also recommended.
Research Termination Protocol
Upon termination of a zebra mussel research project, the following procedures need to be carried out:
Slowing the Spread of the Zebra Mussel Contents
Facility, Laboratory, and Experimental Locations
Decontamination and Disinfection Procedures
Accidental Discharge Protocol
Transportation and Shipping Protocol
Federal and State Regulations