Watercraft Inspections and Decontamination in the West

Agency: Pacific State Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bonneville Power Administration

Location: Washington, Oregeon , California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

Treatment Type: Physical

Treatment Method Used: Water Drawdown

This program facilitates watercraft inspections and decontamination in the Western region of the United States. It offers watercraft inspection and decontamination trainings for various types of vessels focused on hot water with high pressure. The program also developed the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards, created in 2009 for the western United States, and revised and updated in 2012 and 2016.


Morse, J.T., 2009. Assessing the effects of application time and temperature on the efficacy of hot-water sprays to mitigate fouling by Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussels Pallas). Biofouling, 25(7), pp.605-610.

Partner Agencies: 

The Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species,
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks,
California Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Arizona Game and Fish Department,
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers,
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation,
National Park Service


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