Two of the 25 boats contaminated with invasive mussels last season were Kootenay bound

A recent report published on the Provincial Mussel Defence Program, showed boats contaminated with invasive mussels were Kootenay bound.

According to the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society, the 2018 interim report revealed that out of the 38-thousand watercraft inspected during the season, 25 boats were confirmed to have highly invasive zebra, or quagga mussels, with 2 boats destined for the Kootenays.

The rest were heading to the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Thompson Nicola, and Vancouver Island.

To date, B.C. is still free of invasive mussels, which have caused millions in damage per year to hydropower stations, and municipal water supplies in other parts of North America.

They can also negatively impact biodiversity, species at risk, fisheries productivity, water quality, and recreation opportunities.

The province launched a pilot watercraft inspection station program in 2015 to prevent the spread.