Asian clams confirmed in Glendo Reservoir
Asian clams have been present in Wyoming earlier than, recognized in close by Guernsey Reservoir in 2019 and the North Platte River in 2014.
9/19/2022 9:56:43 PM
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Sport and Fish Division has verified the presence of Asian clams, an aquatic invasive species, in Glendo Reservoir. Sport and Fish confirmed the invention in early September. Asian clams have been present in Wyoming earlier than, recognized in close by Guernsey Reservoir in 2019 and the North Platte River in 2014.
“We’re upset to confirm the presence of Asian clams in Glendo,” stated Eric Hansen, Casper Area AIS specialist. “This isn’t stunning as they’re established simply downstream, however it’s unlucky because it highlights how AIS continues to maneuver inside the state. We urge boaters to observe the legislation — Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft after each use and cease at watercraft inspection stations.”
There aren’t any modifications for boaters or different water customers at Glendo.
Asian clams are native to Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and Australia and are believed to have been launched deliberately as meals or by the way imported with the Pacific oyster. The AIS was initially found in 1938 within the Columbia River and is now in 47 states.
In Wyoming, Asian clams are current in Guernsey Reservoir and the North Platte River downstream, the Fort Laramie irrigation canal, the Laramie River beneath Grayrocks Reservoir, Keyhole Reservoir and Horse Creek. A map is available on the Game and Fish website.
“Asian clams can unfold simply and outcompete native organisms,” stated Alan Osterland, chief of fisheries for Sport and Fish. “Despite the fact that they’ve been present in Wyoming earlier than, any unfold of AIS is troubling due to the potential to alter the present ecosystem.”
The invention of Asian clams in Glendo underscores the division’s concern that zebra mussels might enter Wyoming, simply unfold and trigger injury to ecosystems and infrastructure. This 12 months, zebra mussels have been present in Pactola Reservoir within the Black Hills of South Dakota and Highline Lake close to Loma, Colorado. These confirmations are the closest zebra mussels have been to Wyoming. To this point, Sport and Fish has not discovered zebra or quagga mussels in any of the state’s waters.
“The specter of zebra mussels to Wyoming is actual and impacts to our state and boaters can be large, if discovered,” Osterland stated.
The division’s watercraft inspection stations have been busy all summer season, and Sport and Fish inspectors are seeing extra AIS coming via on boats statewide.
“We now have been decontaminating every boat coming into from South Dakota in addition to any boats coming from a high-risk water. We’re taking the motion of zebra mussels extremely severely. In the event that they get into our state, they will unfold — evident by what we see right here with Asian clams,” stated Josh Leonard, AIS coordinator for Sport and Fish.
It’s required that any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1-Nov. 30 bear a compulsory inspection by a certified inspector previous to launching. Additionally, boats should cease at established verify stations inside the state every time a boater passes one.
“These stops are designed to cease the unfold of AIS. It’s the legislation to cease — and it is a small sacrifice of time to make sure the waters you want to go to stay AIS free and with out restrictions for recreation,” Leonard stated.
Sport and Fish has rapid response plans in place if zebra or quagga mussels are found in Wyoming’s highest-recreation waters which incorporates measures like closing boat ramps and requiring inspections earlier than launching. To see these plans and the latest info on Wyoming AIS visit the Game and Fish website.
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