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This month’s featured stories include an award winner, new partners, and useful resources for the many Don’t Let it Loose™ partners to better understand their roles in preventing the spread of invasive species.
In early March when local pet store employee Maggie Brown realized that an aquarium product might be harboring an invasive species, she didn’t hesitate in sounding the alarm. Her quick actions set off a national response and may have saved millions of dollars in mitigation fees for taxpayers across the United States.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Commission has released guidance on how to handle Moss Ball Products suspected of harboring zebra mussels. If you suspect that you are in possession of a mussel-infested product and would like to dispose of it, please follow their recommendations or that of your state’s Fish and Game department, View their guidance here.
Welcome to the Don’t Let it Loose community! We would like to express our immense gratitude for partnering with us in preventing the spread of invasive species. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date with the Don’t Let It Loose program and in the world of invasive species.
A recent discovery of a widely distributed aquarium pet product harboring invasive zebra mussels has highlighted the importance of responsible pet ownership to prevent the spread of invasive species. The mussel-contaminated aquarium moss ball product was found in multiple pet stores nationwide…
Last week invasive zebra mussels were in found in an aquarium product, called moss balls, across USA pet stores. The moss balls are a species of algae that form green balls up to a few inches in diameter and are sold as an aquarium plant under names such as “Beta...