G&F To Discuss AIS Regulations Monday Night

A boat motor infested with quagga mussels.
A boat motor infested with quagga mussels.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a series of public input meetings around the state regarding aquatic invasive species. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.


Zebra and quagga mussels can adversely affect waterways by disrupting the traditional aquatic food chain. They can also reek havoc on infrastructure by colonizing within water intake structures that are used for power or municipal water treatment plants. They spread by attaching themselves to a boat or watercraft, and once they've infested a lake, it's almost impossible to get rid of them.

Game and Fish Regional Fisheries Supervisor Paul Mavrakis says that there will be a public meeting in Sheridan Monday April 19th to address the issue of aquatic invasive species and how to keep them out of our state.

As far as what boaters can expect for the upcoming season.

Next Monday's meeting is at 7 pm at the Sheridan College CTEL Presentation Hall. Public input on regulations will be accepted through May 28th. The Game and Fish Commission will meet on June 17th to finalize the rules and regulations. The Commission has implemented emergency regulations to address the AIS threat. A listing of those regulations can be viewed here: http://gf.state.wy.us/fish/AIS/i...

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