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Mussel inspection sites up and running this weekend

“Inspectors are checking watercraft over this long weekend as part of ongoing efforts to prevent invasive mussels from entering our waterways,” the Conservation Service said in a press release.
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May 24, 2021 - 2:15 PM

The BC Conservation Office had its invasive mussel inspection stations up and running this weekend.

“Inspectors are checking watercraft over this long weekend as part of ongoing efforts to prevent invasive mussels from entering our waterways,” the Conservation Service said in a press release. 

People transporting a watercraft in B.C. must stop and report to all invasive mussel watercraft inspection stations along your travel route. That includes sailboats, motorboats, car toppers, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards being transported in B.C.

Under provincial legislation, all watercraft entering B.C. and passing by an open inspection station must report in.

Failure to stop at an open inspection station could result in a $345 fine.

In 2019, 116 tickets and 114 warnings were issued by conservation officers to motorists for failing to stop at inspection stations. Watercraft operators who fail to stop at an inspection station are being reported to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline and full-time conservation officers are responding and following up.


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