Manitoba’s Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced on May 28 that the province has launched phase two of their detection and awareness campaign in the fight against zebra mussels. This will more than double the number of staff and equipment available for detection since zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Winnipeg.
The aquatic invasive species (AIS) program has greatly expanded since 2013, and now has six decontamination units available for its annual watercraft inspection program.
“Fighting the expansion of this highly invasive species takes a concerted effort by everyone who enjoys our lakes and rivers,” said Minister Nevakshonoff. “This year, a detection dog is also available to assist with determining zebra mussel presence on watercraft and water-related equipment.”
The AIS program has inspected more than 200 watercrafts overall, and performed eight decontaminations between May 21 and 25 alone. The program aims to prevent the introduction of new AIS into Manitoba while helping to contain the spread of zebra mussels within the province.