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:
Prevention and education efforts for recreational boating include:
- Boat Ramp Monitor Program - A program of DCR's Lakes and Ponds Program.
- Attention Boaters: Stop the Spread of Invasive Species - A pamphlet for boat owners produced by CZM and DCR.
- Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! - A website of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
- Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide - A reference produced by CZM for owners and operators of marine boating facilities that provides information on practices that reduce marina and boating impacts on the coastal environment.
- Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan - The state's plan for managing AIS in Massachusetts.
If you have specific questions about recreational boating and AIS, please contact us.