Feds urged to flex mussels

January 15, 2016 – Castanet

The fedsĀ need to step up to prevent invasive mussels from entering the Pacific Northwest.

That sentiment comesĀ from the Okanagan Basin Water Board in an open letter to several federal ministers, including new Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo.

The letter, authored by board chairperson Doug Findlater, states the board is ‘extremely concerned’ about the need for action to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from entering the Pacific Northwest, in particular, B.C. and the Okanagan.

“An infestation could irrevocably harm our environment, economy, and way of life,” Findlater stated in the letter.

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