Boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species continue around Wyoming. Star Valley inspection stations are located in Alpine at the Port of Entry and at the Thayne Rest Area on U.S. 89.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) inspections will continue through Sept. 14.
The WGFD advises, “Any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through November 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching in any water of the state.”
In addition, “Any person transporting a watercraft who did not encounter a mandatory aquatic invasive species check station prior to reaching a water of the state may launch without further inspection if the watercraft has a properly affixed seal applied by an authorized inspector and is accompanied by a valid seal receipt during transit. The person transporting the watercraft may remove the seal immediately prior to launching on the destination water and must retain the seal and valid seal receipt while on the water.”
The inspections are designed to stop Aquatic invasive species (AIS) from entering Wyoming waters.
The Game and Fish reports, “AIS are organisms that are not native and cause significant harm to an ecosystem when introduced. Harmful impacts can occur to municipal water supplies, recreation, agriculture, aquaculture, and other commercial activities.
“Aquatic invasive species including amphibians, crustaceans, fish, plants, and mollusks are currently present in Wyoming, most notably the New Zealand mudsnail and Asian clam. While these species cause problems and need to be controlled, the most significant known threat to Wyoming is from zebra and quagga mussels based on their proximity and demonstrated impacts in neighboring states.”