A message from Sheriff Dennis Dotson
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION PERMIT
All Oregon motor boats, sail boats, and paddle craft, 10 feet and over, are required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Permit (AISP). This program funds the single largest invasive species prevention effort ever launched in Oregon.
Boaters from outside the state are required to purchase the AISP permit upon entering Oregon before they launch their boat. Registered Oregon motor boats will not need to purchase the permit because the fee is automatically added to the cost of registration. The funds from this program are set aside to improve and implement outreach, education and enforcement efforts in areas that are most threatened by aquatic invasive species.
Oregon is stepping forward to stop the spread of invasive species such as the Mitten Crab which has spread throughout the San Francisco Bay area, causing serious ecological and commercial problems. Another concern is the spread of Hydrilla, an water plant which was introduced into Florida in the 60’s. This weed has found its way into California and Washington. Its dense growth chokes the life out of lakes and rivers. Hydrilla has not found its way into Oregon yet.
Probably the most dreaded invasive species that has caused the most destruction is the Zebra Mussel. This miniature mussel averages about the size of your thumbnail and was introduced into Lake Erie in 1988. The destructive power of this little mussel lies in their sheer numbers. Their colonies have clogged water intakes at power plants, sunk navigational buoys, and have blanketed entire shorelines with their shells.
Boaters in Oregon and those visiting our state need to do their part to stop the spread of invasive species. Take these three simple steps, CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your boat and trailer and never launch a dirty boat. To learn more about the Invasive Species issues and concerns in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Marine Board website by clicking here.
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