Quagga mussel scare

Keremeos Review – March 20, 2014

An alert Canadian border crossing agent may have staved off a potential disaster for Okanagan Lake after spotting quagga mussels on a pleasure boat making its way into Canada.

On the evening of March 12, a Canada Customs official notified the BC Conservation Officer service that they found what looked like zebra and/or quagga mussels on a large pleasure-craft boat being transported from the U.S., across the Osoyoos border into Canada.

Canadian Border Services Authority notified local conservation officers through the RAPP hot line, who were able order a full decontamination of the boat.

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