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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
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Guest Editorial: Montanans work together to protect our waters

Montanans know how precious water is. It’s essential for fish and wildlife, boating and angling, irrigating, drinking and creating much of our electricity. When something threatens our water — such as aquatic invasive species — we are on high alert.

Friday, April 19, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Inspectors find mussels on boat being transported through Montana

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying invasive mussels Monday. The boat was being transported from the Great Lakes area to Bellingham, WA, by a commercial hauler. The boat was last used on Lake Huron and had been in dry dock since October.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Read the 2018 AIS Reports

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has released the 2018 Watercraft Inspection Station Annual Report.   Highlights from the report include:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Categories: AIS News

FWP completes another successful season in the fight against AIS

2018 was a big year for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and its aquatic invasive species program with a record number of watercrafts inspected, record number of water samples analyzed and no mussel larvae or adult mussels detected.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Waterfowl hunters can help prevent spread of AIS

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds waterfowl hunters that they can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers and lakes.  The three steps of Clean, Drain, Dry greatly minimize the risk of spreading invasive species.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Categories: AIS News

Watercraft inspection partners meet

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks hosted a meeting of the watercraft inspection station partners in Helena.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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FWP receives grant to fight invasive mussels

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announces a $837,000 grant to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to combat invasive mussels in Montana. These grant funds will be used to improve inspection/decontamination stations; provide campsites for inspection staff; purchase inspection and decontamination equipment, materials and supplies, outreach materials, storage sheds, and shelters; and also provide for sampling and analysis.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Categories: AIS News

Divers search for adult invasive mussels in Tiber

Divers searched for adult aquatic invasive mussels at Tiber Reservoir last week but found none.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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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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