Proposed Rule Changes
Last night, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks hosted a public hearing on new rules aimed at controlling the spread of invasive mussels.
The new regulations include the following:
- All out of state watercraft would need to be inspected by FWP prior to launch in any Montana waterbody.
- All watercraft leaving Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs would need to be inspected.
- All watercraft crossing the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin would need to be inspected.
Along with these new rules, FWP is increasing enforcement, instituting new penalties, and investing in public outreach and education programs.
If approved, these new rules will go into effect April 15 and violation of them will result in charges ranging from misdemeanor to felony depending on the severity of the infraction. Preventing the spread of invasive species has become a critical priority for wardens and enforcement personnel.