New Device Keeps Marinas, Boats Mussel-free

July 27, 2014

Yachting Journal

Zebra mussel fouling: File photo

060Bio, LLC says it has developed a device that repels both Zebra and Quagga mussels. They call the device Dock Disk (which is trade-mark protected).

The 7.5" soft foam disk encloses the patented active ingredient and serves as the patent-pending delivery system.

060Bio explains that the mussels-repelling process begins when you get the package from them. Each Dock Disk comes with a hanging kit that includes an eye bolt to attach the device to a dock or slip, a 4' string or lanyard from which the Dock Disk is hung, and a small bag that hangs off the bottom of the disk. Screw the eye bolt just above the water line, put a couple of rocks in the bag for weight, and plunk the device into the water.

Water activates the patented active ingredient and the device goes to work. Mussels that are present will leave the area within 2 to 3 weeks. Mussels that are looking for a new place to park will stay away from the Dock Disk. It requires no electricity and no power source. It works in all water conditions; stagnant to flowing water, warm to cold temperatures, heavy shade to full sun.

Obviously, conditions do affect the effective range of the device. In testing in various bodies of water throughout the country, 060Bio reports the effective radius is anywhere from 6 to 10 feet. At 6', that's roughly 900 cu. ft. of water treated. At 10', that's over 7000 cu. ft.

The active ingredient in the Dock Disk passes the EPA's BLM test for all species, and meets EPA and FDA standards for potable water. In addition, the active ingredient in Dock Disk meets ANSI/NSF Standard 42 for drinking water.

When the disk has spent 8 months repelling mussels, simply pull up the old disk and snap in a new Dock Disk™.

More information at:

electricityEnvironmental Protection AgencyNational Science Foundation