Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
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An 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!
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- Current zebra and quagga mussel positive waters
- Current NMDGF watercraft inspection locations
- Tips for getting your watercraft Clean, Drain and Dry
- Technology news and more…
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Aquatic Aliens New Mexico
NEW! Aquatic Aliens are lurking and ready to photobomb your 4th of July celebration! Whether you are having fun, or showing us proper Clean, Drain and Dry techniques — send us your sighting (alien photobomb) via Facebook message (https://www.facebook.com/AquaticAliens) NM Aquatic Aliens. If we like it, we will post your image.
Your choice — print, collage, snap a photo, or use software to create your sighting. We have uploaded the JPG’s on Aquatic Aliens New Mexico. We also have some clear background PNG images (below) – click the images to open a larger version in a new window. You can right-click the larger image, and save it to your desktop.
Have fun and help stop Aquatic Aliens!