What is a boat inspection?
Boat inspection consists of visually inspecting all areas of boating and recreational equipment (i.e., boat, trailer, motor, live well, anchor, swim fins, scuba gear, etc.) that come in contact with or hold water; removing all visible plants, animals, and mud; and draining water from all compartments and containers. These practices reduce the risk of movement of all organisms from one body of water to another.
A watercraft inspection program is an outreach tool utilizing paid and/or volunteer stewards to engage and teach boaters how to inspect boats, trailers, and recreational gear for unwanted aquatic hitchhikers, and to properly remove and dispose of those hitchhikers. While voluntary watercraft inspection is common at some launches, regulations overseeing the removal and proper disposal of hitchhiking debris and organisms is increasing across New Brunswick.
What is a boat inspection? Why do we have to do them? How do we properly inspect our boats to prevent the spread of invasive species?