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Biologist warns Zebra Mussels could invade lakes

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Left: Zebra mussels can cause significant damage to the environment. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Associated Press/Canadian Press) Right: Aquatic Biologist Heather Larratt (CBC)

BC boaters are being told to pay attention to their passengers because it turns out some tiny sea sojourners have been hitch-hiking on boats from lake to lake.

And once they check into their new wet digs, Zebra mussels never leave.

They can be devastating to aquatic ecosystems.

In December last year, BC passed a law making it illegal to transport invasive mussels dead or alive and the fines can range up to 100-thousand dollars.
   
Heather Larratt, an aquatic biologist from West Kelowna is now working to prevent the voracious creatures from invading Okanagan Lake.  

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