Like commercial shipping, recreational boating is also a source of introductions for aquatic invasive species (AIS) because of hull fouling as well as plants that "hitchhike" when entangled on motors or other parts of a boat. AIS may also get transported through bilge pumps and bait buckets. Massachusetts AIS Working Group partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) educate boaters about AIS and post signs at many boat ramps across the Commonwealth reminding boaters to keep boats clean.

What you can do:

  • Remove plant debris from your boat when you take it out of the water and dispose of the plant debris in the trash.
  • Inspect your hull and remove any attached organisms.
  • Never release unused bait into the water.

Prevention and education efforts for recreational boating include:

If you have specific questions about recreational boating and AIS, please contact us.

Other targeted education efforts include: