Finished boating and ready to head out? Here's what you can do to prevent spreading aquatic nuisance species. Here's a list of waterbodies with known aquatic invasive species in Oregon.
all aquatic plants, animals and mud from your boat, motor or trailer and discard in the trash. Rinse, scrub or pressure wash, as appropriate away from storm drains, ditches or waterways. Lawns, gravel pads, or self-serve car washes are best. DRAIN
your motor, live well, bilge and internal compartments on land before leaving
the waterbody. For paddle boats, drain by inverting or tilting the craft, opening compartments and removing seats if necessary. Rinse or flush under flooring, at inflation chamber joints or other areas that can trap mud and debris. DRY
your boat between uses if possible. Leave compartments open and sponge out standing water. Find a place that will allow the anchor line to dry.
1. Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving the waterbody. Never release live bait into a waterbody, or release aquatic animals from one waterbody into another. NOTE: The fine for releasing live fish into a waterbody they did NOT come from is now a $125,000 fine or the cost of restoring the waterway!
There are dozens of aquatic nuisance species that can harm Oregon's waterways. But there are three that are considered among the most threatening. Click the images below to find out what they are. Learn to recognize these organisms. If you find one or suspect there may be a new infestation, report it to the toll-free Oregon Invasive Species hotline, 1-866-INVADER.
Left- the dreaded Quagga mussel and cousin to the zebra mussel. These are very small and feel like a grain of sand when they first attach to a solid object.
The pesky New Zealand Mud Snail
- it can clone itself!
Zebra Mussel Mitten Crab