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Mussel searches find contaminated boats, prompting calls for stronger inspection program

June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 – Osoyoos Times

Provincial inspections for invasive mussels that started April 1 are finding a disturbing number of suspect and contaminated boats coming to the Okanagan.

This has prompted the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) to call for a stronger provincial program.

They are asking for an extension of opening hours for inspection stations beyond the current 10 hours a day and for mandatory reporting to an inspection station before a boat coming from outside B.C. is launched in B.C. waters.

As of June 6, the five inspection stations along the B.C.-Alberta border and three along the B.C.-Washington border had inspected 3,200 watercraft.

Of these, 124 were identified as being high risk for carrying invasive mussels. Six were found to be transporting adult invasive mussels, with a good chance they were still alive.

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