CHEYENNE - Boaters are reminded that along with registration of boats for the upcoming boating season, watercraft using Wyoming waters must have an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal. This is the third year the AIS decal and watercraft inspection program has been in effect.
The 2012 decals are now available on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov, at all Game and Fish regional offices, and at automated license agents.
The must be displayed on all watercraft using Wyoming waters with the exception of inflatable watercraft 10-feet in length or less. Costs are $10 for motorized watercraft registered in Wyoming, $30 for motorized watercraft registered in other states, $5 for non motorized watercraft owned by Wyoming residents, and $15 for non-motorized watercraft owned by nonresidents.
In 2011 more than 34,000 decals were issued representing nearly 80 percent of the boats registered in Wyoming. The decal program raised more than $430,000 in 2011 to fund the AIS inspection program and monitoring for AIS in Wyoming waters.
Last year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department conducted nearly 43,000 watercraft inspections at 33 different waters throughout Wyoming. According to AIS coordinator Beth Bear, the majority were standard inspections with very few high risk inspections or decontamination's.
Bear said that with each year, boaters are becoming more familiar with the watercraft inspection process. "More and more boaters are following the Drain, Clean, and Dry procedure, which greatly speeds up the inspection process," Bear said.
Additional information on AIS is on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov.
(Contact: Beth Bear (307) 745-4046)