Boating Season Brings Reminder Of Invasive Mussels

Talk with your out-of-province friends about invasive mussels on their boats.

That's the message from the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society.

Robyn Hooper with CSISS says travellers with boats need to be compliant "We're encouraging folks coming from out-of-province to ensure sure they're stopping at the provincial inspection stations along the border of B.C. There are 13 inspections stations around B.C. Canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and motorized watercraft are encouraged to stop at those inspection stations to prevent the introduction of any invasive mussles to B.C."

Hooper says that the inspection station in Golden is open 24/7.

As for the risk these mussles pose, Hooper says "Zebra and Quagga mussels can cling to, colonize, and crust any hard surface underwater, so boats, dock pilings, and water supply and irrigation systems. Once they've been introduced to a lake it's impossible to get rid of them for good."

Hooper tells us that so far their efforts have been working "We're very fortunate. All of the water sampling we've been doing in the Shuswap region thus far has come back negative for invasive mussels."

She says that 25 boats inspected last year were found to be contaminated.