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3/4/2021
Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges pet stores to remove product with invasive mussels


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Travis Duncan
Statewide Public Information Officer
720-595-8294 / travis.duncan@state.co.us

Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges pet stores to remove product with invasive mussels

Zebra mussel shown in Marimo Balls, a product sold in pet stores.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2021

DENVER - Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "Marimo Balls,” a product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking stores to remove this product.

“We urge all aquarium and pet supply stores to immediately remove this product from their shelves,” said CPW Invasive Species Program Manager Robert Walters. “Zebra mussels are one of our most significant aquatic nuisance species concerns in Colorado. If they enter our waterways, they can wreak havoc on aquatic ecosystems, outdoor recreation, hydroelectric power equipment and the economy.”

Consumers that have recently purchased this product should first freeze or boil the Marimo Balls and dispose of them in the trash. They should not be flushed down the toilet.

If you have recently purchased this product and believe you may have a zebra mussel population in your aquarium, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Invasive Species Program at 303-291-7295 for proper disposal methods. 

Find out more about CPW’s Aquatic Nuisance Species program and the State of Colorado Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan.
  
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