March 11, 2020 Shadow of the Rockies

Watercraft Inspection Training Offered in Newcastle

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering an aquatic invasive species (AIS) watercraft inspection training course for members of the public March 24, 2020 in Newcastle. These pieces of training allow watercraft owners to inspect their own watercraft and for fishing and boating-related businesses to offer inspections for their customers.

 

The training will provide the skills necessary to inspect your own watercraft and certify you to inspect other watercraft to be used in Wyoming to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as zebra or quagga mussels. The training includes information on basic biology, impacts, transport vectors and current distribution of AIS and includes classroom instruction, a question and answer session and hands-on watercraft inspection exercises.

 

State law requires that anyone transporting a boat into Wyoming March 1 through Nov. 30 from out of state must have the watercraft inspected for AIS before launching on Wyoming waters.  In addition, any watercraft that has been on a zebra or quagga mussel-positive water within the last 30 days is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching during all months of the year.

 

“Being able to certify and seal your own watercraft is very convenient, especially for watercraft owners who live near the Wyoming-South Dakota border and recreate regularly on both states’ waters,” said Sheridan Region AIS Coordinator Reed Moore. “While our inspection stations operate seven days a week during the summer months, the open hours may not be compatible with your time schedule. Being certified to inspect your own boat will give you a lot more flexibility and allow you to hit the water, upon inspecting your boat, after entering the state.  In addition, local companies who cater to watercraft users can become certified to inspect watercraft through this training and can then provide this service to customers.”

 

The training is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Newcastle Field Office at 1101 Washington Blvd.

 

The training is free, but class size is limited to 20 people. To register or for more information, contact: Reed Moore at 307-672-7418 or reed.moore@wyo.gov or register online at https://forms.gle/6mWhZ12GCuRRa3bY6

 

Please provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address in your request to attend the training.