Aquatic Invasive Species
Non-native aquatic species – plants, fish and animals—are invading California’s coastal and inland waters. These pests can increase dramatically under the right conditions, displacing native species, clogging waterways, and impacting navigation and recreation. Once introduced, they are nearly impossible to eliminate. Hydrilla, Egeria densa, Water Hyacinth, Asian Kelp, and Quagga and Zebra mussels are some of the nuisance species that can be accidentally transported by recreational boaters when caught in propellers or intakes or attached to hulls. Controlling these aquatic invasive species is a multi-million dollar problem in California.
You can help prevent the introduction and spread of non-native species from one body of water to another by cleaning, draining and drying your boat. Click here to find out how to clean your boat.