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New 2010 boater fees fund aquatic invasive species prevention
 
November 23, 2009

 

Salem, Ore. — Oregon boaters will soon be on the front lines of a war against aquatic invasive species. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, operators of all registered boats (power and sail) and manually powered boats 10 feet or longer are required by a new law to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Permit to fund prevention and control programs. 

The environmental protection law, created by the 2009 Oregon Legislature, is designed to protect Oregon's waters from destructive invaders including the quagga and zebra mussels that are rapidly spreading across the nation degrading water quality, depleting native fish and waterfowl populations and costing millions of dollars in maintenance of water and power facilities. The new program will be implemented by the Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

New Fees

  • Registered boaters will pay an automatic $5 surcharge as part of their boater registration.
  • Out-of-state motorboat operators need to purchase an annual permit for $22 ($20 permit plus $2 agent fee) through Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife license agents, ODFW offices that sell licenses and on the ODFW website. Out-of-state permits will not be sold through boat registration agents or the Oregon State Marine Board.
  • Non-motorized boat operators (canoes, kayaks, sailboats, drift boats, etc.) will need to purchase and carry an annual permit. Permits can be purchased starting Dec.1 at ODFW license agents, ODFW offices that sell licenses and on the ODFW website for a cost of $7 ($5 permit plus $2 agent fee). Permits are required for both residents and nonresidents and are transferable to other non-motorized craft, but every vessel on the water must have a permit.
  • Guides, outfitters, livery operations and boating clubs should purchase their permits directly from the Oregon State Marine Board.     

The Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are implementing the new Aquatic Invasive Species Program, which will include education outreach, voluntary boat inspections and decontamination of infected boats to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

For information about the new Aquatic Invasive Species Program, visit www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/Clean/AISPPmain.shtml.  To purchase permits online, visit ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp

FAQs on the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit, http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/programs/09LawsFAQs.shtml

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Contact:

Oregon State Marine Board Public Information Officer: Ashley Massey (503) 378-2623                  

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Communications Coordinator: Meg Kenagy (503) 947-6021

Fax:

(503) 947-6029

 
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