Dreissena polymorpha
Dreissena polymorpha
(zebra mussel)

Impact ID8291
Impact TypeRecreation
Study TypeAnecdotal
Study LocationN/A
Impact DescriptionNavigational and recreational boating can be affected by increased drag from attached mussels. Small mussels can get into engine cooling systems, causing overheating and damage. Navigational buoys have been sunk under the weight of attached zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha). Fishing gear can be fouled if left in the water for long periods. Deterioration of dock pilings has increased when they are encrusted with zebra mussels.
Great Lakes RegionNo

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