AIS: Threatening the Public’s Angling and Boating Recreation
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are threatening the public’s angling and boating recreation and our state’s water and electrical infrastructure. It is critical for anyone who owns or uses watercraft, or has a business reliant on watercraft, to understand the essential nature of this aquatic invasive species containment effort by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The spread of quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species has far-reaching impacts, both financial and ecological, that can touch virtually every resident of the state. Whether you fish, or boat, or simply get water and electricity to your home, these aquatic invaders WILL affect your lifestyle…and possibly your wallet.
About Aquatic Invasive Species
What you need to know to prevent the spread.
lake powell local boat program 2023
The Lake Powell Local Boat Program is a program that helps Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), National Park Service (NPS), Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) and staff working on the boat ramps at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA) to identify locally stored boats. This program is intended to allow area residents and others with their boats stored within 25 highway miles of Wahweap launch ramp to experience an expedited exit inspection.
How to Apply
- Register online and upload the required documentation and submit
- For complete Program information, visit the registration site. Some conditions have changed for 2023
- If you experience any issues registering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Arizona Game and Fish Department Director’s Orders
R12-4-902 Some Arizona waterways infested with quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
Before leaving a listed water
Clean & dry – Remove all mud, plants and mussels from your boat or equipment. This includes hull, anchor and chain/ lines, stern attachments, engine and trailer. Allow your boat and equipment to dry the best extent possible before transporting. For more specific protocols see Director’s Order #3.
Remove plug and drain – Completely drain all water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and other compartments prior to transport. If applicable drain water from lower engine unit.
If watercraft was on listed waters for six or more consecutive days, you must complete the above steps, then additionally:
Decontaminate and desiccate – Watercraft owners/ transporters are responsible for having their boats and equipment decontaminated after removal from waterbody and prior to transport. Before launching to another waterbody or transporting to another state, you must also desiccate you boat and equipment for 18 consecutive days from November through April or 7 consecutive days from May through October. For more detailed cleaning protocols, see Director’s Order #3.
Pull the plug on mussels brochure
find an authorized decontamination provider
–Director’s Order 1: List of Aquatic Invasive Species of Arizona
–Director’s Order 2: List of AIS affected waters
–Director’s Order 3: Mandatory conditions for movement of watercraft, conveyances and equipment from affected waters
-Aquatic Invasive Species Law A.R.S. §17-255
-Aquatic Invasive Species Rule – Article 9
–List of waters where aquatic invasive species are present
-Mandatory conditions for movement of watercraft
State AIS Plan
-Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan
-State AIS Vision
State Invasive Species Database
Other western state watercraft inspection and decontamination contacts: Watercraft inspection contacts list
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AIS program contacts
AIS Program main number
AIS Program Coordinator
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