Invasive Species

Invasive Species threaten seaplane access to waterways. Seaplane pilots need to understand this issue and what they can do to be good neighbors. Proactively abiding by practices that prevent propagating  invasive species is our best defense against future waterway restrictions. 

AOPA/SPA Invasive Species Awareness Video
AOPA Invasive Species video
Print this and use as reference during your pre-flight.
Invasive Aquatic Plants and Floatplane Operation

Watch this YouTube video about seaplane invasive species inspection.
You Tube Seaplane inspection

Invasive Species Video  "Don't Move a Mussel",
   watch this YouTube to learn why it is important.

Invasive Species Test 
Oregon Sate Marine Board
Oregon Sate Marine Board has a new permit required for all boats over 10 feet in length, including canoes and kayaks.

Seaplanes are exempt and do not require the $5 permit. However, seaplane pilots should be aware of and support  the program. Click the OSMB logo to the left for more information.

Most importantly, seaplane pilots must check their floats each time before takeoff to prevent transporting invasive species from one body of water to another.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!  User Specific Prevention Procedures: Seaplane pilots

Seaplanes can transport Aquatic Hitchhiker species between water bodies on their floats. It is important to clean the aircraft and remove all plant fragments or attached mussels before traveling, rather than after landing in new waters. Pilots are advised to include these steps into their flight operations. As always, safety is the first priority when using the guidelines. Here is a fantastic web-site describing all of the Invasive Species of concern.
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Zebra and Quagga Mussel Lake Distribution by State
Zebra and Quagga Mussel Lake Distribution by state

Click this header to see a PDF of the Invasive Species in our area.

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Washington Department of Ecology Plant Watch List

Seaplane Pilot Association perspective on Invasive Species.
Known Mussel Infested Waters

New regulations for boaters go into effect...
Arizona Game and Fish Department

 Measures for the Prevention of Zebra and Quagga Mussel MigrationHere is what Unites States Department of the Interior recommends for Measures for the Prevention of Zebra and Quagga Mussel Migration