Survey and evaluation of dive and aquatic field gear decontamination protocols for preventing the spread of quagga/zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

Project ID: 21031
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Mcpherson
Research Topic: Invasive Species
Funded Fiscal Years: 2021
Keywords: None

Research Question

Protocols for decontaminating underwater dive and aquatic field sampling equipment are much less established despite being high risk activities. This scoping project will collect and evaluate existing studies and protocols used by dive and aquatic field sampling organizations to 1) identify existing protocols, 2) assess studies conducted on decontamination protocols that validate their efficacy, and 3) synthesize these data to provide recommendations to enhance dive and aquatic gear decontamination protocols.

Need and Benefit

This project was coordinated with Sherri Pucherelli, the AIS research coordinator. It builds on previous work conducted by Reclamation and will enhance and compliment these previous efforts. It is also aligned with the FY2021 Science Strategy Annual Implementation Plan (SSIP) section Invasive Species, prevention need (

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Survey and Evaluation of Dive and Field Gear Decontamination Protocols for Aquatic Invasive Species (final, PDF, 923KB)
By Jeffery McPherson, Sherri Pucherelli
Report completed on September 30, 2022

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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