Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

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New Rules 2016

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has adopted new rules to combat the spread of zebra mussels, quagga mussels and other AIS.

  • Mandatory watercraft inspection and, if necessary, decontamination of all out-of-state registered watercraft or watercraft re-entering New Mexico
  • Mandatory watercraft inspection required any time an inspection station is set up and in operation
  • Fourteen (14) day advanced notification of intent to transport watercraft 26 ft. or longer into New Mexico
  • All watercraft are required to “pull the plug” and drain watercraft when transporting in New Mexico
  • Implementation of a voluntary watercraft seal program to expedite boater access to a waterbody with limited need for inspection

New! Icon of AIS Watercraft Inspection Stations AIS Watercraft Inspection Stations

)=New Rules to combat the spread of zebra mussels, quagga mussels and other AIS - NMDGF

E-mail Newsletter

Sign up for our AIS newsletter, e-mailed 3-4 times a year, to receive the latest info regarding Aquatic Invasive Species:

  • 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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In Local News

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 4-20-2016)

AIS Watercraft Inspection Stations

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


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

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

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 ( 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!

Aquatic Alien Zebra Mussel-Head on Jet Ski (free image download) - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Aquatic Green Alien Zebra Mussel-Head in NO AIS tee-shirt and swim trunks (free image download) - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Aquatic Green Alien Zebra Mussel-Head in NO AIS tee-shirt and fishing waders (free image download) - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Aquatic Alien Zebra Mussel-Head in swim trunks with NO AIS water ski (free image download) - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish


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