To ensure the prevention of zebra mussels spreading, Riding Mountain National Park is starting up their free boat inspections again.

Inspections at Boat Cove in Wasagaming started yesterday and go until June 15, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from Friday to Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Summer inspection hours start on June 16 and go seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the East End boat launch, inspections will start June 22 and run from Friday to Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To date, 19 fines have been issued and 10 watercrafts seized due to failing to have an inspection done before entering waters at the Park.

A maximum fine of $100,000 can be issued for non-compliant operators.