Bringing Your Boat to BC
The Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia, is the last part of North America still free of invasive zebra and quagga mussels.The main vector for the spread of these mussels is by watercraft transported overland between water bodies. Mussels can settle within hours on boats, and when newly attached are as small as quarter of a grain of rice, additionally any standing lake water can carry free swimming microscopic larvae.
Any boats coming from an infested jurisdiction must be inspected prior to launching into BC waters. If the boat has been out of the water more than 30 days and has followed the Clean, Drain and Dry principles, it will be free to launch in BC waters.
If the boat has been out of the water less than 30 days it will require inspection and decontamination, and if no invasive mussels or standing water is found it will be free to launch into BC waters. However, if any signs of invasive mussels or standing water is found on the watercraft, it will not be allowed to launch into BC waters until the 30 day drying period has been completed. Please see the watercraft risk assessment flow chart below for further information.
Our inspection stations will be stopping and conducting inspections on all boats entering the province. In order to streamline the process and minimize the impact to your travel time, we are requesting a notification of all watercraft that are being transported into B.C. If you bring a boat into BC from an infested jurisdiction (see table below) please fill out this form and email it to the contact on the form or call the BC Invasive Mussel Program Co-ordinator at 250-208-6520. .
Contaminated Provinces and States
Green areas: Low risk / Grey areas: High risk
Watercraft Risk Assessment Flow Chart