Environment Minister Herb Cox says Saskatchewan is stepping up efforts to prevent aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, from entering the province’s 100-thousand lakes.
Cox says conservation officers have already intercepted boats heading into Saskatchewan from Alberta, while border agents caught boats from the U-S that needed to be decontaminated.
He says the government has to convince people how dangerous zebra and quagga mussels can be.
Provincial auditor Judy Ferguson says in her annual report the Ministry of Environment needs to develop a strategy with other groups, such as the water security agency, to keep the mussels out.
Ferguson also said public education is key.
(With files from The Canadian Press)