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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

Busy summer for Aquatic Invasive Species prevention

So far, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partner agencies have conducted more than 52,000 watercraft inspections – with more than 7,000 of those happening over the Fourth of July weekend. To date, 13 vessels with zebra or quagga mussels have been intercepted.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Invasive Asian clams found in Lake Elmo

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has found evidence of invasive Asian clams in Lake Elmo in Billings Heights. Biologists have initiated an investigation to determine how Asian clam shells got to Lake Elmo, how pervasive they are in the lake and how far they may have spread in the waters surrounding the lake. To date, no live Asian clams have been found.

Monday, July 1, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Boaters: Remember to “clean, drain, dry” this summer

The summer boating season in Montana has begun, and more than 24,000 watercraft have already been inspected at aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and partner organizations operate more than 30 watercraft inspections stations to ensure boats launching on Montana waters are free of aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ballast boats need decontamination at watercraft inspection stations

Boat owners transporting watercraft with ballast tanks or bladders will undergo additional cleaning at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Watercraft inspection stations to open in southwest Montana

Several watercraft inspection stations in southwest Montana will soon become operative for the 2019 boating season. These stations help boaters meet state laws in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Friday, May 10, 2019
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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:

Clean Drain Dry

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