Management of zebra and quagga mussels occurs via federal, state, and local agencies. Specific laws and regulations are discussed in the links that follow, along with links to agency programs focusing on Eurasian mussels and other aquatic invasive species. For the state and local section, California agencies and programs are the focus.
Although a framework of regulation is critical for management of aquatic pest species, regulation cannot be the sole approach to managing invasive species. As discussed here, movement of mussels occurs by diverse and varied inputs that are impossible to monitor with limited agency staff and resources. Thus, we all need to part of the solution in watching for and managing these species.
Federal Regulation and Management