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DNR calls on boaters to help prevent further spread of zebra mussels

These are Zebra mussels collected in Havre de Grace.
These are Zebra mussels collected in Havre de Grace.(Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminded boaters last week to look out for zebra mussels and prevent their spread.

Department biologists found a significant increase in the harmful invasive species last fall during their most recent monitoring of zebra mussels in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

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Boaters and anglers who use the lower Susquehanna River and upper bay are encouraged to:

•Remove aquatic plants and mud from boats, motors and trailers, and put the debris in trash containers.

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•Drain river water from boat motors, bilges, live wells, bait buckets and coolers.

•Dispose of unused live bait on shore, far from the river or bay or in trash containers.

•Rinse boats, motors, trailers, live wells, bait buckets, coolers and scuba gear with high pressure or hot water between trips to different water bodies.

•Dry everything at least two days, and preferably five days, between outings.

•Limit boating from place to place — particularly between the Susquehanna and upper bay to other water bodies in Maryland — where zebra mussels haven't invaded.

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