Aquatic nuisance species are illegal to transport on any boat, according to Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center. This is not only a conservation and environmental protection issue, but it is a state law in Washington. Aquatic nuisance species are considered as any plants or animals that are not native to the state or environmental region. Invasive species may not be transported purposefully, and could be introduced to the environment by sheer accident. To avoid this, it is crucial that you keep your boat, trailer, bait well, and fishing gear cleaned and free from nuisance species.
If while boating you spot an invasive species, you can and should report that sighting to the proper authorities. There are websites and toll free numbers available, allowing boaters and fisherman to make reports through the internet or telephone. Washington residents can also find more information from the Washington Invasive Species Council.
Aquatic nuisance species are dangerous because they upset the environmental balance within an ecosystem. In this case, the ecosystem is the body of water in which you are boating or fishing. When a nuisance animal, such as a Siberian salamander or a Japanese brown frog, is introduced to a body of water, a power struggle for food and shelter begins. Along with frogs, toads, and salamanders, Washington’s nuisance species list also includes newts, turtles, crayfish, piranhas, and a host of different fish species. If you would like more information about aquatic nuisance species, speak to the staff and technicians at Tom-N-Jerrys Boats, they are happy to answer any of your questions.