Boat Cleaning Procedures
You can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species using this checklist every time your exit a waterbody:
- Inspect all watercraft and equipment.
- Clean any visible mud, plants, fish or animals from watercraft and equipment.
- Drain all water, including from lower outboard unit, ballast, live-well, buckets, etc.
- Dry all areas.
- Dispose of debris and live bait in trash.
California’s Quagga/Zebra Mussel Task Force developed a boat cleaning guide book for use by recreational boaters. The information contains general guidelines for all boaters and a basic checklist for inspecting and cleaning boats and recreational equipment for quagga/zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. There are also additional inspection and cleaning checklists for specific types of boats and equipment.