AIS inspections stations to be opened April 10 Sheridan Media – Sheridan Media

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 4:25 am

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection stations for watercraft are resuming seasonal operations across the state beginning April 10. All boaters must stop when coming upon an AIS inspection station.

AIS check stations will be open and operational throughout Wyoming again this year, Josh Leonard, AIS coordinator said. Game and Fish is dedicated to keeping invasive species out of our states waters. Boaters who stop at check stations are a key partner in these efforts.

AIS watercraft inspections are crucial to keep Wyoming waters free from aquatic invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels. To date, mussels have not been detected in any of Wyomings natural waters. However, zebra mussels were found on moss balls, a popular aquarium product. Game and Fish, alongside the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and other partners, are working to keep mussels from spreading from domestic fish tanks to reservoirs, lakes and rivers.

The best defense against AIS is vigilance by the public. Watercraft owners can make their check station stop quick if their watercraft are Clean, Drained and Dry. Additionally, before hitting the water the spring, boaters should remember that:

The costs of AIS infestation are great to the sportsperson and the local community, especially when it comes to mussels.

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