Invasive mussels found on 8 boats
- Created on Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:53
- Written by Dena Rosenberry
Constant vigilance seems to be working to keep invasive mussels from Colorado waters.
Inspectors checked more than 420,000 boats for "aquatic nuisance species" in 2011, and quagga or zebra mussels were found on only 8 boats, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife press statement.
None of the eight infested boats had come from Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs.
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“Colorado boaters should be commended for their diligence in cleaning, draining and drying their boats in between each and every use,” said Gene Seagle, ANS coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Since 2009, Colorado has required boat owners to undergo boat inspections to identify vessels carrying invasive mussels, plants and other pests from other waterways. In addition, all boats that have been launched in other states must pass a state-certified inspection for ANS prior to launching on any Colorado lake, reservoir or river.
Boaters are encouraged to have vessels inspected prior to storing boats for the winter. Boaters who successfully complete a fall inspection should request a green seal, which will expedite launching and inspections next spring. Inspections are available at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 6060 Broadway, Denver, year-round. There are also other year-round inspection services are available at private industry locations, such as marine dealers.
PHOTO: Tubing at Sweitzer. Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife