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Zebra Mussels

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in tackling the spread of zebra mussels in Lough Neagh. (96310)

There are no practical measures that can be taken to remove zebra mussels from Lough Neagh as evidence shows that they are established and reproducing.

The Department is actively working through an inter-departmental zebra mussel control group to establish the extent and distribution of zebra mussels in Lough Neagh and are developing contingency plans aimed at understanding the spread of mussels, tracking their future spread, identifying mitigation measures for users and keeping the public aware of issues.