Early Inspections Stop Two Mussel-Bound Boats

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This week, at least six mandatory boat inspection stations will open in southern Idaho, geared to be on the lookout for mussel-infested boats. Already this season, a station in northern Idaho has stopped two vessels carrying the invasive species.

The Spokesman Review reports that the Idaho Department of Agriculture confirmed that of 20 boats inspected at a station on Interstate 90 near Wallace, two were carrying invasive mussels. The station was opened six weeks early because of the mild winter season.

Both boats carrying the mussels were being transported by commercial haulers to waters on the Washington coast. They were taken to decontamination centers in Washington.

Idaho began inspecting for invasive species in 2009. Department of Agriculture officials estimated that, so far, more than 100,000 boats have been inspected and 38 were found to be carrying mussels.

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