When launching your boat this season, you’ll likely see something new: signs and brochures aimed at preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading or gaining a foothold in Oregon’s beloved waterways and specially trained personnel to explain why this program is needed.
The 2009 Legislature passed HB 2220, directing the Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to implement the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program (AISP). The program was modeled after a similar program in Idaho and is funded through a permit fee on all boats 10 feet long and longer.
“Because boats are a known vector for transporting aquatic weeds and invertebrates, educating boaters is step one,” says Glenn Dolphin, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Marine Board. “The Marine Board and ODFW are also conducting inspector trainings statewide to build up a core group of people trained to detect infested boats. If a boat is found to be infested, specially trained personnel will make sure the boat is cleaned. This program is designed to be preventative, not punitive,” Dolphin adds.
Money generated by the permit fees goes back into the program for education materials, signage and outreach, regional inspection teams and decontamination equipment. For the complete article see the 05-22-2010 issue.
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