Aquatic Invasive Species
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.
Schedule a free watercraft inspection and decontamination
If your watercraft has been in an infested water for six or more consecutive days, you must have your boat inspected and decontaminated by AZGFD or an authorized agent prior to transport. For more information, see Director’s Orders below.
Current Arizona Game and Fish Department Director’s Orders
Required by Law in Arizona
A.R.S. §17-255 R12-4-902
Some Arizona waterways infested with quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species. AZ Map of Listed Species
Before leaving a listed water, you must:
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.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Watercraft Decontamination Contacts
Lake Havasu/ Lower Colorado River, Lake Pleasant, Saguaro Lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake
Woods to Water Wildlife Solutions, LLC
Western Watercraft Inspection
AIS Rules – Pull your plug!
-Rule-Article 9 Aquatic Invasive Species
-Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan-State AIS Vision
State Invasive Species Database
AIS Program Coordinator
AIS Specialist Lake Havasu