The Saskatchewan government says a total of six mobile watercraft decontamination units will be used this year to prevent aquatic invasive species from making a home in the province’s lakes and rivers.
The Ministry of Environment has released some details of this year’s inspection program, which will see an increase in the number of boats checked for creatures such as zebra mussels.
Out of all the inspections done in 2017, 307 watercraft received detailed checks by conservation officers and 119 needed decontamination.
More than 90 locations were also sampled last year for alien species through a provincial monitoring program.
To date, no invasive mussels have been found in Saskatchewan.
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May 6 to 12 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness of the risks to the province’s water bodies.