Your source for local and regional aquatic invasive species resources.
A cooperative effort between local, state, provincial, regional and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra/quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America.
The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is designed to inform recreational users on ways to help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species. This site includes the latest news, procedures for preventing the spread of aquatic hitchhikers, as well as resources and support materials. The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Coast Guard
Administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
, this project aims to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species in the Columbia River Basin. This site includes the latest aquatic nuisance species news and resources, as well as provides information on watercraft inspection trainings.
Your one stop for invasive species information! This site is sponsored by the Washington Invasive Species Council
and is a great resource for information on invasive species (What might I encounter?), pathways (How do invasive species move around?), and solutions (Where do I fit in?).
Established in 2006 by the legislature, the Council is tasked with providing policy level direction, planning, and coordination for combating harmful invasive species throughout Washington and preventing the introduction of others that may be potentially harmful. Their website provides updates on invasive species news and events, a hotline and online reporting resource, as well as information on priority species of concern.
This Board advises the Washington State Department of Agriculture about noxious weed control in Washington State. It also serves as the state's noxious weed coordination centerby coordinating and supporting the activities of the 48 county noxious weed control boards and weed districts of Washington (See Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board
for more local information). This site provides information about weed laws and lists, search tools, as well as resources for control and disposal.
This site provides information on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Aquatic Invasive Species Program including the latest news, species information, and reports to the legislature. The site also provides a hotline for reporting invasive species sightings.
Each year Ecology conducts site visits to identify aquatic plants. You can access these survey results online to see distribution data for aquatic plants in Washington (Washington State Aquatic Plant Survey
). This site provides descriptions of aquatic weeds present in Washington as well as information on their distribution and control options.
Here are some aquatic invasive species videos that have been produced by other programs throughout the United States. We are currently working on creating some local videos that will be available here once they are completed.
Reports & Documents
Other AIS Programs & Projects
Rules & Regulations
City of Bellingham:
Washington State AIS Rules & Regulations:
RCW 77.12.020: Classification of prohibited aquatic animal species.
RCW 77.15.080: Authority to inspect watercraft for the presence of aquatic invasive species.
RCW 77.15.250: Unlawful release of fish, shellfish, or wildlife - Penalty - Unlawful release of deleterious exotic wildlife - Penalty.
RCW 77.15.290: Unlawful transportation of fish or wildlife - Penalty.
RCW 77.15.293: Unlawfully avoiding aquatic invasive species check stations - Penalty.
WAC 16-750: State noxious weed list and schedule of monetary penalties
Frequently Asked Questions