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No invasive mussels found in state waters, AIS boat inspections increase

Montana’s watercraft inspection stations set another record for boats inspected in 2019.  More than 112,00 watercraft have been inspected so far this year, surpassing last year’s number by 3,000 inspections. Inspectors have intercepted 16 boats with invasive mussels coming into the state.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hunters can help prevent spread of AIS

Hunters who use boats to access waterfowl or big game hunting areas can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers, and lakes. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Boat Inspection Station Close for Season, Inspections Still Required

Montana’s watercraft inspection stations are closing for the season, but boaters can still obtain an inspection at FWP regional and area offices.

Late-season anglers and hunters utilizing boats for waterfowl or big game hunting need to follow the principles of clean, drain, dry to help protect our waters from invasive aquatic weeds, animals and diseases.

Friday, October 25, 2019

FWP Hosting AIS Summit Dec 4-5

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Summit on Dec. 4 and 5 in Helena. The two-day meeting will bring together AIS partners to discuss the progress made and next steps needed to continue advancing Montana’s AIS program.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Invasive mussels found on boat at CSKT AIS check station

Second infested boat seized at Ravalli station this year

A boat from Chicago bound for Seattle was quarantined and decontaminated at the Ravalli watercraft inspection station operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Aquatic invasive species leaders gather to discuss regional threats

This week experts on invasive species will gather to discuss the most pressing issues on aquatic invasive species management.  The Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (WRP) will hold its annual meeting in Missoula Oct. 9-11, hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  Aquatic invasive species (AIS) cause tremendous damage to our economic and natural resources. 

Monday, October 7, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Non-resident boaters are required to purchase AIS Prevention Pass

Non-residents planning to bring their watercraft into Montana must now purchase an AIS Prevention Pass (AISPP) before launching on state waters. The AISPP was initiated by the 2019 Montana Legislature to help fund the fight against aquatic invasive species.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Categories: AIS News

FWP finds New Zealand mud snails in private fish hatchery near Hamilton

Last month Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks discovered an established population of New Zealand mud snails at a private commercial fish hatchery south of Hamilton.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Categories: AIS News

AIS watercraft inspections stations reduce hours

Montana’s boating season is slowing down, and with the decrease in boating traffic some watercraft inspection stations are reducing hours or closing for the season.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Willow Creek Boat Launch at Tiber Open Only to AIS Certified Boaters

Beginning Aug. 12, the boat launch at the Willow Creek arm of Tiber Reservoir will be open only to Certified Boaters in the Aquatic Invasive Species program.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Categories: Certified Boaters
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AIS Bureau, Montana FWP
1420 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-2440


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To protect Montana’s waters and native aquatic species, please follow these rules and guidelines:

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