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Washington State Invasive-Species Permit

Old 04-18-2018, 07:21 AM
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As of 2018 all out of state registered boats will require an Aquatic Invasive Species permit to use any of Washington's salt or fresh waters. It applies to trailered boats on land just passing through as well. Seems like a violation to the constitutional right of freedom of movement to me.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free...ted_States_law


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_pr...e_vessels.html


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_prevention/
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mbowers View Post
As of 2018 all out of state registered boats will require an Aquatic Invasive Species permit to use any of Washington's salt or fresh waters. It applies to trailered boats on land just passing through as well. Seems like a violation to the constitutional right of freedom of movement to me.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free...ted_States_law


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_pr...e_vessels.html


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_prevention/
Seems like an attempt to protect the environment to me. What's the Constitutional right of freedom of movement? I don't see that one in the Constitution...
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by mbowers View Post
As of 2018 all out of state registered boats will require an Aquatic Invasive Species permit to use any of Washington's salt or fresh waters. It applies to trailered boats on land just passing through as well. Seems like a violation to the constitutional right of freedom of movement to me.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free...ted_States_law


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_pr...e_vessels.html


https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ais_prevention/
They have been doing this in Whatcom county for the last 3 years, it cost us $50/boat and I have no idea if it has helped anything, most of the "inspectors" don't seem to know what they are looking at....
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Originally Posted by westhunt@airspd.net View Post
Seems like an attempt to protect the environment to me. What's the Constitutional right of freedom of movement? I don't see that one in the Constitution...
"Freedom of movement under United States law is governed primarily by the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution which states, "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.""


I would happily pay the fee if it were collected fairly. To tax boats on the freeway that will never see WA water or boats in the ocean for invasive species in freshwater does not seem fair.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:36 PM
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you are free to go wherever you choose, your boat is not.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:38 PM
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I'm on my way to Alaska to go chase steelhead. For the last few years felt on waders has been outlawed for both resident and non-resident fishermen in Alaska.

I had to buy new waders just for this trip.

But I understand the reason behind the regulation and it's a small price to pay

I'm free to go wherever I choose....my boot-felted waders are not
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:26 PM
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I'm on my way to Alaska to go chase steelhead. For the last few years felt on waders has been outlawed for both resident and non-resident fishermen in Alaska.

I had to buy new waders just for this trip.

But I understand the reason behind the regulation and it's a small price to pay

I'm free to go wherever I choose....my boot-felted waders are not
So you're saying that possession of felt soled waders in your truck is illegal in AK? That's the same analogy to the permit.

Emergency Orders & News Releases - Sport Fish - ADF&G

I checked and in fact felt soled wader boots are legal for use in saltwater in AK. Felt soles are also legal in freshwater as long as you are not hunting or fishing. Totally different approach to the issue than WA. It does not violate the constitution and it focuses on freshwater while actually engaged in fishing.
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Old 06-01-2018, 02:47 PM
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I don't see in the regulation about "on a Trailer" only if I intend to launch it!
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:51 PM
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You only have to get the permit if you plan on using the boat in Washington waters. So you don't need to get the permit if you are just passing through. I Live in Spokane and go to Lake Coeur d' Alene and Lake Pend Orielle, and Priest Lake and to use my WA registered boat in Idaho you have to get an Idaho invasive species tag. If Idaho or Washington have the watercraft inspection stations you must stop regardless if you are going to put you boat in the water.
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Under Washington state law, owners of watercraft registered in another state or country must purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention permit before placing or operating the watercraft in any waterbody in the state. In order to purchase a permit (click the "other" product category tab), the purchaser needs to provide a watercraft registration number. Each separate registered watercraft requires a permit.

The bad part is putting another sticker on your boat is not going to stop Aquatic invasive species.
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