I smell a story here. Does anyone have the Paul Harvey version?
Here's what I have so far.
1. It is illegal to transport Zebra Mussels; so far so good, why would anyone want to?
2. You can be accussed of "transporting zebra mussels" anytime you move a watercraft from a "zebra mussel state" to a non "zebra mussel state".
3. Most recreational vessels do NOT have ballast tanks
of sea water
, and you would generally flush and drain seacocks, and pressure wash the hull
, after pulling it out and before transport.
4. The penalties range from a $2000.00 fine to jail terms.
5. Teams of FBI agents apparently scour the countryside looking for Zebra mussel smugglers so they can fine them.
So,... Is is now against the law to move boats from zebra mussel to non zebra mussel states?
Is there an official procedure to safely kill all mussels clinging to the rudder
Is there a "certification" process one has to go through to be "zebra mussel free"?
Is this process unusually expensive? Can it only be done by a zerbra mussel agency?
What happens if someone does the great loop, then crosses the Panama canal
, and sails
up to Washington
state, you will have to have crossed several zebra mussel and non zebra mussel states to do so. Are you required to do a hual out at each state line marina?
Are the commercial
vessels that brought here here in the first place required to do so?
Hate to sound paranoid, but history
show these efforts generally devolve into permanent fees
that serve no purpose, and have a track record
so far of exactly zero, of actually stopping a species from migrating.
Still waiting for Paul Harvey. Anyone encounter this?
That Paul, (not Harvey, the shipper guy), guy sounded kinda upset, you don't get that angry from some guy at the boarder helping you scrape mussels off of a boat.
Did the Federal guys tell him stop here for several weeks and pay several thousand for zebra mussel removal
process, or pay $2000.00 fine??? After the third or fourth state boarder that happened to me I would be a little miffed myself.