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Trending 2: Here's a firsthand account of a recent (within the last 30 days) AIS inspection experience by our Lake Havasu Marine Association member/Fishing Coordinator Jeff Dean. Jeff is well versed on the AIS protocols since he attended one of Dee Davis' mussel training schools earlier this year. In April, Jeff pulled his pontoon boat out of the water at Park Moabi Marina after it have been in the water at a slip for approx. 6 months. He took the boat directly to a local car wash and did a complete soap and hot water rinse and wipe down in preparation for transporting the boat 60-days later to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains in California.
After 60-days of outside parking in the Havasu sun, Jeff proceeded to transport his boat to Big Bear, passing through the Needles, California agriculture inspection station. After a thorough inspection at the station he was told to return his boat to its original place of origin (Havasu) and was entered into the computer data base because there were a few small places on the hull bottom with a visible hard crust-like substance which might have been dead mussels, however no live veligers or mussels were found.
Jeff returned to Havasu with his boat, and made an appointment with Kate at AZGF to do a decon. That was done and Jeff was given the required paperwork to verify that a decon was performed and his intended destination for the boat in California had to be specified on the paperwork.
Two weeks later Jeff returned to the Needles inspection station. This time the boat was given approval to enter California, but it was wired to the trailer (boat was still considered to be under quarantine) and given the instructions that the wire only could be removed by a California Department of Fish and Game officer following another inspection at his intended destination.
Jeff continued on his way to Big Bear's Holloway Marina. No California Fish and Game official was present at the marina, however the marina was able to contact by phone Fish and Game and receive their approval to remove the secure wire after the boat passed their inspection. Finally, a successful launch at Big Bear Lake was made.