Update on Zebra and Quagga Mussel Control

We've been receiving lots of questions regarding the Zebra and Quagga mussel control product named Zeaquanox.  Following is a good article which includes clarification from the developer of the product, Dan Molloy.  Pay special attention to what Molloy has to say about the use of the product.  Most important to understand is that this product may not be used in "open water" applicaitons.  The EPA prohibits this.  Simply stated, it can't be used to control mussels in a lake, stream, or pond.  



said on Friday, March 21st, 2014

I see that links to a NY Times story and another to a Texas StateImpact story about my research on finding an environmentally safe way to control zebra and quagga mussels have recently been posted here on this TU site by David Kumlien.  As he pointed out, there has been a lot of interest to know about the possibilities of eradicating these mussels from lakes and rivers using Zequanox -- a product based on a biological method that I invented.  I agree with Mr. Kumlien that there presently is no practical method (i.e., both cost wise and technically feasible) to completely eradicate (100% elimination) these invasive mussels from natural water bodies…. whether with Zequanox or any other currently available product.

If your particularly interested in this topic, the two above-mentioned media pieces will provide you with lots of background info, but I would like to draw your attention to two other online sources of info that I recently wrote myself on this topic.  Take a look at them and I think they will answer any further questions you might have about the possibilities of controlling these mussels, especially in high-value areas within our lakes and rivers.

-- See my Commentary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

-- See my Comment listed below the Texas StateImpact story

said on Friday, March 21st, 2014


Thank you for your post re Zequanox (sorry for the misspelling...).  We have a lot of TU members concerned about AIS and Zebra and Quagga mussels, and we appreciate the information you have provided.  


Dave Kumlien



said on Monday, March 24th, 2014


My pleasure to provide that info.  I've been working in public service research for aquatic environmental protection my entire professional career and thus relaying scientific info back to the public comes naturally.

I don't check this tu.org site often, so if you or other tu members have zebra/quagga mussels questions (biology, ecology, control. etc.), email me directly at my university address (dmolloy@albany.edu).... or possibly can you inform me how to be alerted to a question left for me right here on the tu.org site.  The latter is actually better since then other members could see the question and my response.

Daniel P. Molloy, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Department of Biological Sciences
State University of New York at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

Museum Scientist Emeritus & Founding Director
New York State Museum Field Research Laboratory
Cambridge, NY 12816



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