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.
Current Arizona Game and Fish Department Director’s Orders
Required by Law in Arizona
A.R.S. §17-255 R12-4-1102
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.
Fill out and submit AISBIR form prior to transport – For more information and to download the AIS Boat Inspection Report (AISBIR) form.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Watercraft Decontamination Contacts
To schedule a no-fee decontamination
Lake Havasu/ Lower Colorado River
Lake Pleasant/ Phoenix Area
Woods to Water Wildlife Solutions, LLC
- No scheduled meetings at this time
- Watercraft Inspection Training (WIT Level II) – OPEN to interested public
- March 6 – 7, 2018 WIT II Lake Mead
- April 10 – 11, 2018 WIT II Lake Mead
Western Watercraft Inspection
AIS Rules – Pull your plug!
-Rule-Article 11 Aquatic Invasive Species
Required Boat Inspection Form (AISBIR)
-AIS Boat Inspection Report Form [PDF]
-Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan-State AIS VisionState Invasive Species Database
AIS Program Coordinator