California State Regulation and Management
The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) share overall authority for invasive species management in California; CDFG is the lead agency for fish, wildlife, and native plants and CDFA is lead for insect pests and diseases. These agencies lead and coordinate state management through the Invasive Species Council of California established in 2009. They also collaborate on special management efforts, such as conducting zebra and quagga inspections of recreational boats at CDFA Border Protection Stations. The California Department of Water Resources, Department of Boating and Waterways, and State Lands Commission are other key state agencies involved in quagga and zebra mussel management.
The CDFG Quagga and Zebra Mussel Website. CDFG maintains a list and prevents transport of “prohibited species” and leads efforts to manage and provide outreach on zebra and quagga mussels. Here is a list of local CDFG staff contacts for invasive mussel issues. CDFG also implements Assembly Bill 2065 (Fish & Game Code §2302) that requires managers of reservoirs open to the public to assess reservoir vulnerability to Eurasian (dreissenid) mussels and to develop a prevention program.
The Plant Health and Pest Prevention Service (PHPPS) of the CDFA Website provides information on the activities of the border protection stations with respect to Eurasian mussels and other pest issues.
The Department of Water Resources zebra and quagga mussel program currently focuses on risk assessment and early detection and monitoring activities for water bodies and structures associated with the State Water Project.
The Department of Boating and Waterways manages a variety of boating structures (ramps, docks, etc.) that could be impacted by zebra and quagga mussels. They provide outreach and education on Eurasian mussels and other issues of importance for recreational boaters.
* A complete listing of Federal and California State laws and regulations for aquatic invasive species can be found in Appendices B and C, respectively, of the California Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan (January 2008)