Mussel inspections find 19 boats carrying invasive species – November 13, 2019

Nineteen out-of-province vehicles were heading for B.C. lakes last summer with zebra or quagga mussels on them, including three of them headed for the Okanagan.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board issued a brief on the latest invasive mussel inspection numbers as part of its Nov. 8 board report to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen last week.

Between late April and Sept. 15, the province carried out more than 50,000 inspections and found 1,240 watercraft to be high risk for zebra and quagga mussels. The mussels are non-native but can quickly spread.

That number is up from the record number of 24,000 inspections conducted in 2016.

Nineteen of the watercraft were found carrying the mussels, including 14 from Ontario, two from Michigan, two from Utah, and one from North Carolina.

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