zebra mussels

A boat carrying invasive zebra mussels was stopped at the Anaconda watercraft inspection station on April 20, 2018.

Invasive mussels found on boat
at Anaconda inspection station

Officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying invasive mussels Monday.

The boat was being transported from the Great Lakes area to Bellingham, Washington, by a commercial hauler. The boat was last used on Lake Huron and had been in dry dock since October, according to FWP. 

Mussels were found on the transom and trim tabs and were dried-up and dead. The inspectors decontaminated the boat before releasing it. The boat will not launch in Montana. 

This is the first boat with mussels that watercraft inspectors have stopped this year.

Boat owners are required to stop at all open watercraft inspection stations, which are listed online at cleandraindry.mt.gov.