Border control have no ‘mussel’ when it comes to invested watercraft

Infotel – March 20, 2014

PENTICTON – Canada Customs got lucky last week when an officer spotted what appeared to be invasive mussel species attached to a boat crossing the Osoyoos border headed for Lake Okanagan.

Legally, customs officers have no authority to hold travellers back from crossing the border if their watercraft is infested with mussels. They got lucky when the driver agreed to pull over for further inspection and wait for conservation officers to arrive and complete a full decontamination procedure.

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