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In Vermont, it is illegal to transport zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis), all or part of an aquatic plant, or any other specified aquatic nuisance species on the outside of a vehicle, boat, PWC, trailer, or other equipment. A law enforcement officer is not required to identify the specific aquatic nuisance species before citing you for violating the law.

To prevent spreading aquatic nuisance species:

  • Inspect your vessel and trailer, and remove any plants and animals you see before leaving the area.
  • Drain your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the area.
  • Empty your bait bucket on land. Never release live bait into a body of water or release aquatic animals from one body of water into another.
  • Rinse your vessel, propeller, trailer, and equipment.
  • Air-dry your vessel and equipment for as long as possible.
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