The Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on two documents that would guide the state of Montana’s response to the detection of invasive dreissenid mussels.
The Montana Dreissenid Mussel Rapid Response Guidelines directs the process, protocols and coordinated effort the state of Montana will use to respond to new dreissenid mussel detections.
The Missouri River Containment and Quarantine Plan (MRCQP) provides additional containment and quarantine information relating to waters of the Missouri River Basin.
The Dreissenid Mussel Rapid Response Guidelines and MRCQP fulfill requirements outlined in MCA 80-7-1025 and can be viewed at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/fishing/pn_0090.html.
The final plans will be submitted to the Montana Invasive Species Council in November 2018.
The public comment period for this public notice ends on Aug. 13. Public comment can be submitted electronically at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/fishing/pn_0090.html or by mail to Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.