Aquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expire December 31 and the Marine Board has several purchasing options that are perfect to take advantage of when the weather is less-than desirable. Purchasing is easy from the comfort of your home through the Marine Board’s online storefront. An annual or two-year Tyvek tag costs a flat, $5 or $10, and the Marine Board does not charge an online processing fee.
The revenue that is raised from permit sales directly benefits Oregon’s efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and deter introduction of new species into the state. In 2013, funds from the aquatic invasive species program were used to build a first-of-its-kind boat wash station at Tenmile Lakes, expand inspection stations around the state and keep the stations open longer. Any areas with standing water are capable of transporting mussel larvae and weed fragments that can easily contaminate a water body. Law enforcement partners reported a range from 70% to 90% compliance, depending on the region of the state, for people carrying their AIS permit.
Other changes include more signage at boat ramps with the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” message, and completion of a statewide rapid response plan
(with practice exercises) for a detection scenario of quagga or zebra mussels.
To order your annual or two-year Tyvek tages, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/index.aspx.