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Boat Cleaning Procedures

You can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species using this checklist every time you exit a freshwater body:

  • Inspect all watercraft and equipment.
  • Clean any visible mud, plants, fish or animals from watercraft and equipment.
  • Drain all water, including from lower outboard unit, ballast, live-well, buckets, etc.
  • Dry all areas.
  • Dispose of debris and live bait in trash.


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Cleaning Guide Book

California’s Quagga/Zebra Mussel Task Force developed a boat cleaning guide book for use by recreational boaters. The information contains general guidelines for all boaters and a basic checklist for inspecting and cleaning boats and recreational equipment for quagga/zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. There are also additional inspection and cleaning checklists for specific types of boats and equipment.