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Photos of potential Chinese Mystery Snail at Lake McGregor were submitted to AEP staff by a student and Dr. Patrick Hanington.
AEP staff team is assembled to review the current situation, assemble a response team, contact external experts who could provide advice on the species and determine next steps.
Parks staff went on site to confirm presence of operculum (trap door), to confirm identification as Chinese mystery snail.
AEP staff pull together key personnel from across the department to meet with external expert from University of Guelph to learn more about the potential impacts of Chinese mystery snail in Alberta.
AEP staff survey Lake McGregor to confirm locations of Chinese Mystery Snail, and collect a live sample.
Given infestation extent and knowledge of the species, management options are discussed by AEP staff.
AEP's aquatic invasive species program is tagged with creating a long term management plan for Chinese Mystery Snail.
A first draft of the long term management plan is created.
Key stakeholders are invited to share their opinions on the draft long term management plan.