The Colville Confederated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department has released a warning via tribal broadcast reminding boats it is illegal to transport or spread aquatic invasive species such as milfoil and zebra mussel.
The warning reminds boaters to note before launching and leaving, boaters must remove all plant and animals from watercraft, trailer and gear. They must also drain all water from fish/live wells, holds and bilges.
It is unlawful to transport aquatic plants, unlawful use of prohibited aquatic animal species and unlawful to release fish, shellfish and wildlife.
To obtain information on free boat inspections or report a sighting call Holly McLellan, Fisheries Biologist Mon.-Fri. at 509.209.2415 or Colville Tribes Natural Resource Enforcement anytime at 800.551.5800.