ISCBC Mussel Workshop
Speakers at the Invasive Species Council of BC mussel workshop include (from left to right): Barry Gibbs, ISC Director; Jodi Romyn, ISC; Dr. Mark Sytsma, Portland State University; Patricia Woodruff, MOE; Brian Heise, Thompson Rivers University; Val Miller, MFLRNO; Ted Downs, MOE; Scott Higgins, DFO; and Andrew Klassen, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
The ISCBC recently held a zebra and quagga mussel workshop in Kelowna, BC on October 19th. Discussions were lead by aquatic specialists from Portland State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ministry of Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The workshop attracted over 40 Individuals from across British Columbia, from federal, provincial, and local governments, to non-profit organizations, industry and interested citizens.
There was full consensus at the workshop that the number one goal is to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering into BC. This will require a combination of actions including building partnerships and tools that supports inspections, and closure at international boarders. The need for proactive work in BC to ensure that infested boats do not enter BC’s lakes and streams is also critical, especially while boarder tools and regulations are being developed.
Participants of the workshop created an Action Plan for the next 3 years, calling for increased collaboration, leadership and action in preventing the introduction of these species into BC.