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Vessel Specific Decontamination Procedures

The California Department of Fish & Game produced a guide compiled specifically for boat owners and watercraft users. The guide contains general guidelines for all boaters and a basic checklist for inspecting and cleaning boats and recreational equipment for Quagga/Zebra mussels. There are also additional inspection and cleaning checklists for specific types of boats and equipment.

By taking the time to inspect and clean your boat, you can:

  • Protect your boat, the aquatic environment, and the boating facilities you use (marinas, gas docks, piers).
  • Keep waterways open for recreational boating and fishing.
  • Prevent an economic disaster resulting in millions of dollars in damage to water transport facilities.
  • Comply with state and federal laws regarding the spread of Quagga/Zebra mussels.

Protect your boat! Fight Quagga and Zebra Mussels: A Guide to Cleaning Boats (PDF 2.4 MB)


Zebra Mussels


Zebra Mussel Druse


Zebra Mussels on Rock


Mussel on Monofilament





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