Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Clean, Drain & Dry your Boat - Stop Aquatic Aliens - Protect New Mexico Waters

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Video courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife. The intent of this video is to teach New Mexico boaters the proper Clean, Drain and Dry techniques. Procedures for Clean, Drain, Dry began at 2:13 of this video. Laws regarding AIS in Texas are not the same as those in New Mexico.

Zebra Mussels and Quagga Mussels - Invasive Species in North American watersAn Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is any non-native plant, animal, or pathogen that can harm our economy, environment and human, animal, or plant health. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, along with state, federal and private partners, are working diligently to stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Of particular concern is invasion of our lakes and water by zebra and quagga mussels. Spread of these mussels not only pose a risk to our native aquatic wildlife, but also to all water-based recreation including boating and fishing, as well as to all surface water delivery systems including municipal water supplies, hydroelectric power generation and irrigation for farming and agriculture.

Currently, there is no known method for successful irradiation of these mussels, creating enormous management costs which will be passed along to New Mexicans. In a water-dry state such as ours, infestations by zebra or quagga mussels will affect everyone! This is why in New Mexico it is unlawful to knowingly transport AIS into and within New Mexico’s borders.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, along with New Mexico State Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Cops of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation, along with other stakeholders are asking boaters to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY their boats to stop the spread of harmful invasive mussels. Properly cleaning and drying your boat will also help keep it in good condition and allow all of us to continue to enjoy our favorite lakes for years to come. Boaters should be prepared for inspections throughout the state designed to help ensure that New Mexico’s waters remain mussel-free!

Labeled Boat Parts Identification Diagram

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In Local News

New 5-7-2015  Daily Times: Four Corner News
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials try to combat spread of mussels

More AIS Information

Positive Waters for Aquatic Invasive Species in the United States

AIS Boat Inspection Press Release

AIS Decontamination Requirements

AIS New Mexico Management Plan Final Oct-2008

AIS State Map Positive Waters (Updated 1-21-15)

List of Infested Water Bodies in the U.S.

Invasive Species Control Act Press Release

AIS Links

Texas Invasive: Hello Zebra Mussels. Goodbye Texas Lakes.

Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

National Biological Information Infrastructure

Protect Your Waters

100th Meridian Initiative

New Mexico State Parks Boating Information

USFWS Eddies: Reflections on Fisheries Conservation

AIS Youtube Videos

Don’t Move a Mussel! Zebra & Quagga Awareness

Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat PSA

Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat

Clean Your Boots
See also:
New Mexico’s Army Corps of Engineers takes on Mussels


Contact our Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at New Mexico Game and FishJames Dominguez
AIS Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-8163
Cellular: (505) 629-9867