What you can do to protect our lake from Quagga Mussels
As an organization, we can assist the Provincial efforts to prevent the importation of these mussels. All watercraft launching in BC should be cleaned, drained and dried before launching (see our website for more details). If you are concerned about a vessel from high risk areas or have identified freshwater mussel beds look like those described in the MOE information on our website, please report them to the BC Conservation Service at 1-877-952-7277.
As we have previously reported, the potential importation of these mussels from Eastern Canada or the United States would result in major consequences for waterfront owners and other uses of the Shuswap Lake system. We have written a letter of support to the Provincial Ministry of Environment in their efforts to inspect boats entering BC and intercept any boats potentially carrying the invasive mussels. The Ministry has replied to our letter indicating that this year they are strengthening the inspection program including additional staffing at inspection stations and longer hours of operation. The Ministry indicated that in 2016, 24,500 watercraft were inspected, 685 were identified as coming from high risk provinces or states and 17 were confirmed to have adult invasive mussels. These vessels were cleaned and/or quarantined.
We have posted the full text of the letter from the Ministry of Environment on our website.