Seaplanes at low risk of transporting aquatic invasive speciesSource: NBC Montana
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KALISPELL, Mont. — Keeping aquatic invasive species out of Montana bodies of water, specifically invasive mussels, is very important to protecting the native fish and plant species in the area.
Officials at the Flathead Lake Biological Station announced researchers collected over 770 samples from Flathead Lake throughout 2020.
Those samples were shipped to the state lab in Helena for microscopy analysis and to UM’s Montana Conservation Genomics Laboratory for DNA analysis, and none of the samples collected are positive for invasive mussel larvae or invasive mussel DNA.
Researchers said cleaning, draining and drying boats is nearly 100% effective at keeping AIS out of Montana. That is why boat inspections are required in the state.