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FWP Inspections Have Found Aquatic Invasive Species On Over A Dozen Boats This Year

Watercraft inspections are used to prevent aquatic invasive species, like quagga and zebra mussels, from spreading into Montana's lakes and streams.
Courtesy Montana FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has detected over a dozen boats with various aquatic invasive species on board so far this year. The detections come as more and more boats are lining up at inspection stations.

So far, inspection stations have intercepted 12 boats with invasive zebra or quagga mussels and one vessel with red-rim melania snails attached.

Most vessels that are intercepted are either coming from the Midwest or from Arizona. As Montana entered into Phase 1 of the coronavirus reopening plan last month, nearly 16,000 boats passed through inspection stations. That's a significant jump compared to the same times in 2018 and 2019.

With the Montana's out-of-state visitor restrictions lifted, state officials expect out-of-state boat numbers to likely rise.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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