Ottawa to invest in mussel research, education

Kelowna Daily Courier – August 6, 2018

The federal government is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars for research and education into invasive mussels, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr announced on Monday.

Simon Fraser University in Burnaby will receive $100,000 over four years to conduct research that will help assess the risk of spread and predict the ecological impacts of these non-native mussels in the Okanagan region, Fuhr said in a news release.

An additional $400,000 over three years will be invested for education and outreach to complement efforts now underway by the province and Okanagan Basin Water Board. The Canadian Council on Invasive Species will use the funding to create new and updated signage at boat launches, television commercials and information articles, as well as online resources.

Zebra and quagga mussels have not yet been spotted in B.C. waters. However, this region is at high risk of invasion due to the proximity of established populations and the discovery of these mussels on recreational boats intercepted en route to the Okanagan, Fuhr’s news release said.

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