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ODFW reminds boaters about inspections for aquatic invasive species

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding boaters that all watercraft entering Oregon are required to be inspected at an aquatic invasive species station when the stations are open. Failure to stop at an open station could result in a $110 fine.

Posted: May 31, 2021 5:28 AM

OREGON -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding boaters that all watercraft entering Oregon are required to be inspected at an aquatic invasive species station when the stations are open. Failure to stop at an open station could result in a $110 fine.

Inspection stations located in Ashland and Ontario are open year-round. Seasonal stations in Brookings, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Umatilla are now operational.

All vehicles towing or carrying motorized or non-motorized boats, including canoes, kayaks -- and even paddleboards -- are required to stop. This includes commercial watercraft.

ODFW says inspections for aquatic invasive species typically take five to 10 minutes and drivers are not required to get out of their vehicles.

Watercraft found with aquatic invasive species attached to the vessel are decontaminated on the spot. ODFW says both boat inspections and decontaminations are free.

“People who stop at these stations are directly contributing to our success in keeping aquatic invasive zebra and quagga mussels, snails and aquatic plants out of Oregon,” said Rick Boatner, ODFW Invasive Species Supervisor.

Boatner says inspecting boats coming into the state is the first line of defense in keeping aquatic invasive species such as zebra or quagga mussels, snails and non-native aquatic plants out of Oregon. He says these invaders can cost millions of dollars in damage to water delivery systems and serious environmental damage to rivers, lakes and native aquatic species.

“Everyone who boats needs to make sure they always practice 'Clean, Drain, and Dry.' All boaters and anglers should be vigilant about cleaning and drying all their gear after each use,” Boatner said.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permits or Waterway Access Permit are required for most boaters in Oregon. Both resident and non-resident, non-motorized boats (paddlecraft) ten feet and longer require a Waterway Access Permit. All non-resident motorized boats require an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention permit. Resident motorized boat permits are included in the Oregon boater registration fee.

Permits can be purchased on-line at either the Oregon State Marine Board website or with ODFW Electronic License system. Permit sales provide funding for the six boat inspection stations throughout Oregon.

So far this year, crews have inspected 3,796 boats and intercepted 41 vessels with other types of bio-fouling besides quagga or zebra mussels. Inspectors also have hot-water decontaminated three watercraft with quagga or zebra mussels and one boat with Conrad false mussels.

In 2020, the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program inspected 23,040 watercraft, intercepted 264 with other type of aquatic bio-fouling beside quagga or zebra mussel and performed 12 hot water decontamination on boats intercepted with quagga or zebra mussels.

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