Aquatic Invasive Species Decals
Some U.S. states require that boaters purchase an aquatic invasive species decal (or referred to as a stamp, sticker, or permit) before operating watercraft in that state. Many of these regulations were instituted as a response to the spread of zebra and quagga mussels into the Western U.S. Fees from the purchase of these decals are typically used to fund local aquatic invasive species outreach and prevention activities (Otts and Bowling 2013).
The list below is not intended to be comprehensive, and all boaters should check with their relevant state agency before launching watercraft to ensure they comply with all regulations. To find U.S. state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies, see Members of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
View related information: Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this subject, organized by source.
State and Local Government
Otts, S.S., and T. Bowling. 2013. Legislative and regulatory efforts to minimize expansion of invasive mussels through watercraft movements. Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 3(6):61-84.