THE ORIGINATION OF THE LAKE HAVASU “STICKER A MUSSEL” INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM
The Lake Havasu Marine Association (LHMA) has been aware of the mussel situation for over four years (2012) but we were frankly caught off guard when reports of $500 tickets for “moving a mussel” and what was happening at bordering states started to emerge. After discussions from a very knowledgeable and valuable resource at Lake Mead, Level 2 Invasive Species Trainer Dee Davis, it became apparent there was an growing threat to the freedom to trailer boats across State lines, as well as from your home base to Lake Havasu and back home. Armed with that concern and the need to find out more, Jim Salscheider booked a seat at Dee’s Level 2 training class at Lake Mead. After two days of mussel school, it became abundantly clear the potential problem Lake Havasu faced: first and foremost, to our California boaters who make up over 90% of the boaters who travel to Lake Havasu would be faced with this dilemma.
In our class were several inspectors from other States and literature from those States as well. We looked and listened and a solution to our problem started to emerge.
We learned that:
– A high percentage of mussels found are on the anchor, chain and attached rope.
– Clean, wash and dry should be effective to remove invasive species if properly executed.
– We needed a clear understanding and an ongoing reminder for the boater in order to facilitate proper cleaning protocol.
– If a sticker was the answer, the color and aesthetics were very important
So was the location of that sticker.
We felt it was extremely important that the Inspector see the sticker first as they typically check the hitch area first. After considerable input from both CA and AZ G&F, BLM, US Fish & Wildlife, and CA Border Inspectors, the final version of the sticker has emerged: it’s pretty simple for the weekend boater –follow the instructions on the sticker and you shouldn’t have a problem passing through border inspection stations.
On one hand, the LHMA must lead the effort to minimize the potential negative economic impact to our boating economy and to our businesses. We must also mount an effective campaign to deter the spread of destructive mussels to other bodies of water – “it’s the right thing to do.”
We hope this sticker becomes a symbol that we collectively recognize the problem, that we care, that we will do our part in stopping the spread of the Quagga mussel. We ask other agencies to do their part and together we can make a difference!
The LHMA is committed to educate and sticker every trailer that comes into our area from Pirate Cove Resort and Topock 66 in the North, down to the South as far as Yuma, and on both sides of the river and lake. That includes:
-Every launch ramp
-Every boat retailer
-Every boat service shop
-Every rental boat operator
-Every detailer service
That is our Association’s commitment to recreational boating.
Let’s everyone do their part: so far for the past 43 months we are averaging 520 boater education contacts per month. A special thanks goes out to U.S. Fish & Wildlife for generously awarding us a federal grant to help us fund this valuable outreach effort.
IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
Jim Salscheider, President/CEO,
Lake Havasu Marine Association
“STICKER A MUSSEL” STICKERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LAKE HAVASU CITY SUPPORTING BUSINESSES:
ARIZONA REFLECTIONS, BARRETT MARINE, BASS TACKLE MASTERS, BEACHCOMBER RV, CAT TAIL COVE, CHEETAH BOATS, COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, CONQUEST BOATS, CRAZYHORSE CAMPGROUNDS, DOMN8ER POWERBOATS, E-TICKET BOATS, GOT WATER RENTALS, HAVASU POWERSPORTS, HAVASU SPRINGS RESORT, HORIZON MOTORSPORTS, ISLANDER RV, INSTITCHES, JC MARINE, JR MOTOR SALES, LAKE HAVASU STATE PARK, LAKELAND MARINE, LONDON BRIDGE RESORT, MAGIC POWERBOATS, NAUTICAL BEACHFRONT RESORT, NORDIC BOATS, PIRATE COVE RESORT, PRESTIGE MARINE, RON’S CUSTOM DETAIL, RON’S IN-YOUR-EAR-AUDIO, SUN COUNTRY MARINE, THE BOAT BROKER, TOPOCK 66, USA RV & MARINE.
(you must have your boat and trailer present at the time you receive your “sticker”)
HAS YOUR BOAT BEEN IN-WATER AT LAKE HAVASU FOR FIVE OR MORE CONSECUTIVE DAYS? IF SO, IT MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY DECONTAMINATED TO AVOID SPREADING INVASIVE SPECIES TO OTHER BODIES OF WATER. THERE IS A DECON CENTER AT LAKE HAVASU STATE PARK — PLEASE CONTACT KATE STEIGHLER AT ARIZONA GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT, 480-353-0534 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
BODIES OF WATER KNOWN TO CONTAIN INVASIVE SPECIES (Quagga Mussels)
ARIZONA: THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER, LAKE HAVASU, PARKER, BLYTHE, LAKE MOHAVE, LAKE PLEASANT, TOPOCK MARSH, MARTINEZ LAKE, MITTRY LAKE, CANYON LAKE.
CALIFORNIA: LAKE DIXON, SAN VICENTE RESERVOIR, COPPER BASIN RESERVOIR, LAKE MATTHEWS, LAKE SKINNER, LOWER OTAY RESERVOIR, MURRAY RESERVOIR, LAKE MIRAMAR, SWEETWATER RESERVOIR, SAN JUSTO LAKE, IMPERIAL RESERVOIR, EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR, LAKE JENNINGS, OLIVENHAIN RESERVOIR, IRVINE LAKE, RATTLESNAKE RESERVOIR, LAKE RAMONA, WALNUT CREEK RESERVOIR, ANAHEIM LAKE, LAKE POWAY, PYRAMID LAKE, LAKE PIRU.
NEVADA: LAKE MEAD, LAKE MOHAVE
WANT INFORMATION ABOUT WESTERN STATES BOAT INSPECTIONS? CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR SPECIFIC STATE UPDATES.
ARIZONA — http://www.azgfd.gov/ais
CALIFORNIA — http://www.dfg.ca.gov/quaggamussel/
KANSAS — http://www.protectKSwaters.org
LAKE TAHOE — http://www.TahoeBoatInspections.com
NEVADA — http://www.ndow.org
NEBRASKA — http://www.snr.unl.edu/invasives/boater.htm
NORTH DAKOTA — http://www.gf.nd.gov/fishing/ans.html
OREGON — http://www.boatoregon.com
SOUTH DAKOTA — http://www.gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/nuisance/aquatic
WASHINGTON — http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/ais