Got your paddler’s permit?
Aquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expire December 31st and the Oregon Marine Board has several purchasing options that are perfect to take advantage of when the weather is less-than desirable. They can be purchased through the Marine Board’s online storefront. An annual or two-year Tyvek tag costs a flat, $5 or $10, and there is no online processing fee. Out-of-state permits for trailered motorboats are also available for online for $20.
Revenue raised from permit sales funds Oregon’s program to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and deter introduction of new species into the state. In 2013, funds from the aquatic invasive species program were used to build a first-of-its-kind boat wash station at Tenmile Lakes, expand inspection stations around the state and keep the stations open longer. There were 7,436 boat inspections conducted from May through October, and 297 boats were found with live weeds, mussels, snails and other organisms. Of the contaminated boats, three boats were carrying mussels and 14 boats had standing water in various compartments.
Officials say any areas with standing water are capable of transporting mussel larvae and weed fragments that can easily contaminate a waterbody. Law enforcement agencies reported a range from 70% to 90% compliance, depending on the region of the state, for people carrying their AIS permit.
Other highlights for 2013 include more signage at boat ramps with the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” message, and completion of a statewide rapid response plan (with practice exercises) for a detection scenario of quagga or zebra mussels.
To order your annual or two-year Tyvek tags, or an out-of-state permit for trailered motorboats, visit https://apps.oregon.gov/ecommerce/osmb/Index.aspx.
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