Washington now requires AIS permit to help in efforts to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) now requires operators of certain aircraft and watercraft, as well as commercial transporters of specified vessel types, to purchase permits to help the department's efforts in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Out of state boaters must acquire a $20 AIS permit before putting in in Washington Waters. It applies to:
- Out-of-state recreational registered boaters
- Seaplane operators
- Commercial transporters of watercraft
The following vessels are exempt:
- Small watercraft (from Washington or out-of-state) that do not require state or country registration such as canoes and kayaks.
- U.S. government (federal, state or local), military or tribal vessels or seaplanes.
- Watercraft registered as "tenders" to larger boats.
- U.S. or internationally documented commercial vessels or seaplanes.
More information can be found at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_prevention/.