Manually powered boats (paddle and oar) 10 feet long and longer are required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AIS) permit and carry it when operating the watercraft. Non-resident paddlecraft operators are also required to purchase a permit and carry it when boating in Oregon waters.
The Marine Board sells both an annual tag and a two-year Tyvek tag for paddlecraft and can be purchased through the Marine Board’s office in Salem or online through the Marine Board’s new storefront. Permits expire on December 31 annually or every two years depending on which permit is purchased. Out-of-state permits for non-motorized boats are also $5.
The AIS permit is $5 for one year and $10 for two years when purchased online. Funds are dedicated and used only for the aquatic invasive species prevention program. Annual permits for paddlers can also be purchased from any ODFW license agents for $7. Oregon’s registered motorboat owners already contribute to the AIS program through a $5 surcharge on their boat registration fee. Out-of-state permits for motor boats are $20.
In 2014, revenue generated from AIS Prevention Permit totaled $670,235. State, county, and local law enforcement officials issued 957 warnings and 662 citations related to AIS violations. Additional, law enforcement supported ODFW watercraft inspectors with boater compliance resulting in 55 citations and 36 warnings issued for failure to stop at a watercraft inspection station. Of the 11,490 watercraft inspected in 2014, 210 were contaminated with aquatic invaders, 178 with aquatic vegetation and 35 watercraft were contaminated with either freshwater mollusks, quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Utah. A complete report is available for download at Oregon’s AIS 2014 Program Report.