Aquatic Nuisance Species
Our waters are threatened by an increasing number of non-native aquatic plants and animals, which often spread between waterways by hitching a ride on boats and trailers. When moved into new waters, these species rapidly multiply, damaging the water resource. Do your part to help prevent the spread of nuisance species:
- Inspect your vessel, trailer, and equipment (motor, anchors, centerboards, rollers, axles) and remove any plants and animals.
- Discard unused bait in the trash or leave with someone fishing in the same water body.
- Drain water from the motor, live well, bilge, and transom wells at the ramp or access before leaving any waterway.
- Rinse your vessel and equipment with tap water (preferably hot) or at a car wash.
- Dry your vessel and equipment in the sun for at least 5 days.
- Learn how to identify aquatic nuisance species.
- Report sightings of aquatic nuisance species to the Departments of Fish & Wildlife at 802-241-3700 or Environmental Conservation at 802-241-3777.
Notice: The transport of all aquatic plants and aquatic plant parts, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, or other specified aquatic nuisance species to or from any Vermont surface water is illegal in Vermont (under Vermont Statutes Annotated, Title 10, Chapter 50, §1454 regarding the transport of aquatic plants and aquatic nuisance species). The law defines an aquatic plant as "a plant that naturally grows in water, saturated soils, or seasonally saturated soils, including algae and submerged, floating-leafed, floating, or emergent plants."
Effective July 1, 2010, any person who violates this law may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.