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Zebra mussels found in lake

November 6, 2012

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KANSAS CITY KAN. — State wildlife officials have found invasive zebra mussels in an eastern Kansas lake.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says a recent survey found both larval and adult zebra mussels at the 407-acre Wyandotte County Lake. The agency says there are now 17 Kansas reservoirs and lakes infested with the aquatic nuisances.

Zebra mussels are bean-sized mollusks with striped shells that have been spread around the world via cargo ships.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

mea culpa: In my prior posting I mistakenly refer to the common carp as a "native species", this is not correct. The common carp were intentionally introduced from Europe (probably in the 1700's) by Europeans who were familiar with them and they being a good food source. They are not "natives".

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

alcoholbliss: Your comments about mercury contamination give evidence that you missed the point of your own posting, specifically about the "Flying Fish" video. The mention of mercury warning includes the native coimmon carp and not the three species of Asian Carp: Silver Carp, Big Head Carp and Grass or Amur Carp. The reason, the common carp is a bottom feeder and is subject to toxic accumulation in the food chain, additionally the common carp is not closely related to the others. All 3 species of Asian carp are plankton filter feeders and because they feed at the bottom end of the food chain they do not tend to accumulate toxins (including mercury) in their flesh. I fish and although the common carp (Kansas Trout) are fun to catch, I don't eat them for a variety of reasons. The Asians because of their feeding style do not take a hook and therefore you are lucky if you catch one.

The biomass of the silver and bighead is huge in some river systems, and therefore a major resource. The grass or amur is not likely to reproduce rapidly. Two years ago, during high discharge from Clinton Lake it was amazing to see the number of silver and bigheads trying to swim up the Wauky, through the spillway into the lake.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

Somebody ought to make a killing on exploiting the Asian Carp (several species), commercial fishing (netting) them and marketing for human consumption, pet food production or even fertilizer manufacture. No need to complain, they are here in great numbers, might as well make some good of the situation. The zebra mussel is another story, not much commercial value in them.

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Curtis Lange 1 year, 5 months ago

Many cargo ships in Wyandotte County Lake, are there?

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alcoholbliss 1 year, 5 months ago

woohoo now all we need is those pesky asian carp for the perfect midwest lakes ecosystem.

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BOULEVARDWHEAT 1 year, 5 months ago

Nice headline. Someone's taking a cue from the local TV stations.

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