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Mussel monitoring launched at harbour

A monitoring station for invasive mussels has been installed at the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park.  - photo submitted
A monitoring station for invasive mussels has been installed at the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park.
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A Regional District of Central Okanagan boat launch is part of a valley-wide network of monitoring stations for invasive mussels.

The monitor device is installed in Okanagan Lake at the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park boat launch in Lake Country.

The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society installed the monitoring station and checks it monthly through the fall along with taking a plankton tow sample of the water for any signs of zebra and quagga mussels.

The monitoring station is made of a rope with a weight at one end and a series of small sections of PVC pipe and mesh.  If the invasive mollusk species (which range in size from a grain of sand to thumbnail size) is present, it will attach to this artificial, solid surface.

The monitor is intended to act as a warning device as this would be a likely location that any mussels would show up, being transported on or in boats and trailers.

The society and the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan WaterWise program are encouraging all owners of personal watercraft and boats to check their vessels for signs of the invasive mussels, especially if they have been out of the province.

By adopting the clean, drain, dry protocol residents and visiting boat owners can help protect B.C. lakes from these species, which have caused havoc and created a major economic cost in other jurisdictions because they rapidly colonize on hard surfaces, impacting tourism, recreation and infrastructure.

For more information, go to www.oasiss.ca.

 

 

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