With summer time in full swing, many people are taking their boats out for an enjoyable day of fishing or play on the water. Now I know I have discussed this before, but I would like to take a moment to discuss the importance of having your boat inspected for aquatic invasive species.
The Wyoming Game and Fish requires that all boats brought into the state between March 1 and November 30 undergo a mandatory inspection. Also if a boat has been in water that is known to be infested with zebra/ quagga mussels within the last 30 days also undergo an inspection.
Washing, draining, and drying your boat after each use can help to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. It only takes 15 to pull the drain plug, spray it down with a hose, and wipe it dry with a towel. Just be sure to replace the drain plug when you’re done.
Boaters are required to stop for inspection when entering the state and when they come across a check station enroute to their destination. Check stations are at ports of entry, border locations or at boat ramps. Many watercraft users must also display an AIS decal.
There are five different types of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) that the Game and Fish has classified as the most unwanted. These include the Zebra/Quagga Mussel, New Zealand Mudsnail, Asian Carp, Rusty Crayfish and lastly Aquatic Plants.
There are also four additional species that the Game and Fish feels are threats. These four include the Asian Clam, Brook Stickleback, Snakehead and the Whirling Disease.
The Game and Fish website has a great section dedicated to more on this topic as well as a list of authorized inspectors and know infected waters.
Head on over and check them out. And remember, stay safe.
“I’m Tyler Mann, and I’ll see you on the trail”
To view the Aquatic Invasive Species page click the link below.