Aquatic invasive species
If you work or play in Washington’s many waterways, you may be unknowingly spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS) destructive to the state’s environment and economy. But you can also be a part of the solution, helping to stop or slow the spread of these damaging species.
We encourage the public to report possible invasive species. You can report non-native, invasive species through the Washington Invasive Species Council or the WA Invasives app (available in the Apple and Google app stores). Please call WDFW's Aquatic Invasive Species hotline with any questions at 1-888-WDFW-AIS or email email@example.com.
Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) stations available
WDFW and the Washington Invasive Species Council have partnered to offer Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) stations at several boat launches in Eastern Washington, as well as a mobile CD3 unit available for events and fishing tournaments. To learn more or reserve the mobile CD3 unit, please visit this webpage.
Search for aquatic invasive species
Use this search function to find information on non-native aquatic animal species, including biology and current classification.
Aquatic invasive species of greatest concern
Some aquatic invasive species, such as the European green crab, can have dramatic impacts on ecosystems, outdoor recreation, and the economy.
Preventing the spread of invasive species
Learn the proper techniques to help prevent destructive invasive species from spreading in Washington, or decontaminate potentially infested gear.
AIS prevention permits for watercraft
These permits are required for operators of watercraft not registered in Washington, seaplanes, and commercial transporters of specified vessel types.
Boat inspection request form
Request an appointment for a free boat boat inspection in Eastern or Central Washington.
Non-native species can enter Washington’s waterways through the discharge of ships’ ballast water, which is used to stabilize vessels.
Boating in Washington FAQs
Know AIS requirements before you go boating in Washington.
Review and download program reports and studies.