The Manitoba government has an annual watercraft inspection program which began in 2000. On July 7th the province launched its 2016 annual watercraft inspection program and awareness campaign in the fight against zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS).
The Watercraft Inspection program has greatly expanded since it began in 2000. It has an increased number of watercraft inspectors on the landscape and has acquired five decontamination units used around the province to target high-risk and high-traffic boating areas. The decontamination units operate using hot water and high pressure to kill and remove AIS from watercraft, trailer and water-related equipment.
The objectives of the Watercraft Inspection program are to:
Watercraft inspectors conducting a decontamination on a watercraft at Selkirk Park, Selkirk Manitoba.
These objectives are achieved by:
The Watercraft Inspection program largely targets day-use boaters leaving zebra mussel invaded water bodies as they pose the highest risk for transferring larval zebra mussels, called veligers, to new un-invaded water bodies.
Watercraft which are moored in zebra mussel invaded water bodies for 12 hours or longer, are at high risk for transporting zebra mussel veligers and aduls.
Stopping at a watercraft inspection station is a legal requirement under the AIS legislation under The Water Protection Act. All trailered watercraft must stop for an inspection when the stations are open. Protecting Manitoba’s water bodies is a collective responsibility. Prepared to have your watercraft inspected and plan your travels accordingly.
Members of the public are encouraged to report aquatic invasive species (AIS) sightings, including Zebra Mussels from areas where they are not known to exist. Please take pictures and submit information to: www.manitoba.ca/StopAIS or call: toll free 1-877-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470).