UV Light as a Means of Removing Invasive Zebra Mussel Larvae from Scuba Gear

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Ellen Bryant , University of Indianapolis
Douglas Stemke , University of Indianapolis
Zebra mussels are an invasive mollusk species that cause billions of dollars each year in commercial pipeline damage. SCUBA divers and boaters are the most common vessels for mussel introduction into new waterways. UV light is proposed as a method of sanitizing neoprene dive gear of the microscopic larvae.