The National Sea Grant Law Center has been featured recently for its work with the National Association of Attorneys General on the movement of invasive mussels by trailered boats. The two planned a workshop in Phoenix, Ariz., in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Sea Grant, which brought together law enforcement, assistant attorney generals and natural resource managers to discuss the legal and regulatory issues surrounding this carrier of invasive species. The mussels can clog water systems, foul power plants, impact the environment and can cost billions of dollars in damage and control wherever they spread.
The meeting also looked at the impacts of invasive mussels on local economies and infrastructure and a 100-plus-year-old federal law – the Lacey Act – which could give states a tool for approaching the problem.