Courtesy Boat Inspections

Video #1 - DEP’s invasive aquatic biologist John McPhedran demonstrates how to do a thorough boat inspection in under 3.5 minutes.

Video #2 - Developed for Maine’s Courtesy Boat Inspection Program inspectors, this 8 minute video discusses the importance of protecting our lakes and shows how to interact with boaters while walking them through an inspection of their boat.

Related pages: For information on starting your own Courtesy Boat Inspection as well as guidance on training and financial aid, contact Lakes Environmental Association. (off-site)

Background

Maine’s Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) Program completed its 15th year in 2015.  The purpose of these voluntary inspections is to reduce the spread of invasive aquatic plants (IAP) by boats, trailers, and associated equipment to Maine waters.  Trained Courtesy Boat Inspectors discuss with boaters the risk posed by IAP, show boaters how to inspect and remove vegetation from boating and fishing equipment, and urge boaters to inspect before and after every launch.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) contracted again with Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton to train volunteers, organize inspections, and manage grant pass through funds to lake groups in 2015.  

Courtesy Boat Inspection Results Summary 2015 Season

Maine’s 2015 Courtesy Boat Inspection program had another busy season, recording 87,413 courtesy boat inspections, an increase of over 4,000 from last year’s total.  To achieve this, 43,591 inspection hours were logged in 2015, roughly equivalent to 21 full-time employees.  Boats were inspected both entering and leaving the water with the majority of inspections (58%) conducted on boats entering. Maintaining this high level of prevention effort is a tremendous achievement for local and regional groups running the inspection programs. 

Once again bass clubs participating in club tournaments were required to conduct inspections as a condition of their permit from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  In 2015, 42 bass clubs conducted 5400 inspections at club tournaments.

  • 87,413 total inspections on both motorized and non-motorized boats
  • 92% of the motorized boats had the Lake & River Protection Sticker
  • 150 launch sites on 117 waterbodies had Courtesy Boat Inspections
  • 14 infested waterbodies had a  Courtesy Boat Inspection Program
  • 2648 inspections (3.0%) yielded plant fragments – native or invasive
    • of these intercepted plant fragments, 94 (3.5%) were “saves” (invasive plants) found primarily on boats exiting infested waters
  • 56 organizations conducted courtesy boat inspections – plus 42 bass clubs inspected at their permitted tournaments
  • 639 courtesy boat inspectors (paid and volunteer) worked a total of 43,591 hours

2015 Courtesy Boat Inspection Statistics

Courtesy Boat Inspection Annual Totals

Confirmed "Saves" in 2015

LAKE NAME

Town

Number of “saves”

Boat Direction

Invasive Plant

Annabessacook

Monmouth

1

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Lake Arrowhead

Limerick

6

entering

variable leaf milfoil

 

 

36

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Long Lake

Naples

1

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Messalonskee Lake

Oakland/Sidney

31

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Pleasant Pond

Litchfield

10

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Sebago Lake

Raymond

1

entering

variable leaf milfoil

 

 

3

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Thompson Lake Oxford 1 leaving variable leaf milfoil
Wilson Pond

Monmouth

1

entering

Eurasian water milfoil

For more information concerning Maine's Courtesy Boat Inspection Program, visit the Maine DEP's Invasive Aquatic Species Program website at http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/invasives or the Lakes Environmental Association website at www.mainelakes.org, e-mail DEP at milfoil@maine.gov