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.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) encourages the public to report possible invasive species. You can report non-native, invasive species through the Washington Invasive Species Council. Please call WDFW's Aquatic Invasive Species hotline with any questions at 888-WDFW-AIS.
Work to fight the spread of AIS is costly, but worth the investment as infestations can cost hundreds of billions of dollars in economic and environmental damage. WDFW's AIS unit does not have financial resources to effectively prevent or manage AIS at this time. The department is seeking additional funding for this program for the 2021-23 biennium.