California’s Boating Clean and Green Program is offering free seminars to teach the state’s recreational boating community about their role in combating aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) like quagga and zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing and the ecosystem. Recreational vessels are one of the transporters of these species into uninfested waterways. Therefore, it is important for boaters, boating facility operators, and state and local agencies to learn how to inspect watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of invasive species into California’s waterways.
Participants of the seminars will learn how to protect the quality of recreation and aquatic ecosystems; identify saltwater and freshwater AIS, including quagga and zebra mussels; understand their economic costs and operational impacts; and how watercraft and fishing gear inspections can reduce the spread of AIS.
Seminars will be held in El Sobrante, Marina Del Rey and Sacramento. Attached are the training dates and locations. Seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please contact the Boating Clean and Green Program Coordinator, Vivian Matuk, via e-mail or at (415) 904-6905.
The Boating Clean and Green Program, which is conducted by the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission, is hosting these seminars in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of California ANR/Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant Extension Program.
The Boating Clean and Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission.
The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters.