BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, August 21 – October 16, 2017 - BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report.
Invasive mussel inspection stations opened on April 1, 2017. As of October 16, over 35,000 watercraft have been inspected and crews have interacted with approximately 73,300 people to promote Clean, Drain, Dry.
Highlights include: on August 30, 2017 a motor vehicle transporting a watercraft from Ontario failed to stop at the Golden inspection station. Inspectors immediately notified the COS using the RAPP hotline. The watercraft owner was later apprehended by a Conservation Officer near Sicamous and, upon visual inspection, the CO observed adult invasive mussels. The boat was sealed to the trailer and the driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at the watercraft inspection station. The driver was ordered to report to invasive mussel inspectors in the Lower Mainland where a complete decontamination of the watercraft was performed. This is just one of many examples of the strong collaboration between the COS and the Invasive Mussel Defence Program.