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Follow these steps every time you come in contact with any body of water. By doing so, you can protect your waters from harmful aquatic hitchhikers.

Before leaving a launch area, do a full inspection, removing all visible mud, plants, and fish/animals.

  • Examine all your gear, boats, trailers, clothing, buckets, etc.
  • Remove any visible plants (even plant fragments), fish, or animals.
  • Leave any potential hitchhiker at the area you visited.

Eliminate water from all equipment while at the area you visited.

  • Remove the drain plug, and drain bilges and live wells away from the body of water.
  • Remove water from motors, jet drives, holds, boat hulls, scuba tanks and regulators, boots, waders, bait buckets, and floats.
  • Once water is eliminated, clean all items.

Clean and dry anything that came in contact with the water.

  • Use hot water to clean your boats, motors, trailers, anchors, decoys, floats, and nets.
  • Where available, pressure wash the hull, motor, and any gear exposed to the water.
  • Be sure to clean the propeller area and bottom of the hull.
  • Dry thoroughly. If possible, allow five days of drying time before entering new waters.

Do not release plants, fish, or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

For more information on stopping the spread of nuisance species, call 1-888-933-9247 or visit www.wdfw.wa.gov/ais.