Courtesy Boat Inspections

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 2013 Courtesy Boat Inspection program had another busy season, recording 80,005 courtesy boat inspections, just 2000 shy of last year’s total.   To achieve this, 41,119 inspection hours were logged in 2013, roughly equivalent to 20 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 2013, 49 bass clubs conducted 5,999 inspections at club tournaments.

Courtesy Boat Inspection Results Summary 2013 Season

  • 80,005 total inspections on both motorized and non-motorized boats
  • 92% of the motorized boats had the Lake & River Protection Sticker
  • 156 launch sites on 120 waterbodies had Courtesy Boat Inspections
  • 15 infested waterbodies had a  Courtesy Boat Inspection Program
  • 2350 inspections (2.9%) yielded plant fragments – native or invasive
    • of these intercepted plant fragments, 171 (7%) were “saves” (invasive plants) found primarily on boats exiting infested waters
  • 56 organizations conducted courtesy boat inspections – plus 49 bass clubs inspected at their own tournaments
  • 721 courtesy boat inspectors (paid and volunteer) worked a total of 41,119 hours

2013 Courtesy Boat Insection Statistics

Courtesy Boat Inspection Annual Totals

 

LAKE NAME

Town

Number of “saves”

Boat Direction

Invasive Plant

Annabessacook Lake

Monmouth

1

Leaving

Variable-leaf milfoil

Great East Pond

Acton

1

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

Hancock Pond

Denmark

1

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

Lake Arrowhead

Limerick

14

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

 

 

102

Leaving

Variable leaf milfoil

Lake Auburn

Auburn

1

Leaving

Variable-leaf milfoil

Little Sebago Lake

Windham

1

Entering

Variable-leaf milfoil

Messalonskee Lake

Oakland/Sidney

1

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

 

 

4

Leaving

Variable leaf milfoil

Pleasant Pond

Litchfield

2

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

 

 

11

Leaving

Variable leaf milfoil

Sebago Lake

Raymond

1

Entering

Variable leaf milfoil

 

 

10

Leaving

Variable leaf milfoil

Sebago Lake State Park

Casco

13

Leaving

Variable leaf milfoil

Songo River Locks Naples 3 Entering (upstream) Variable-leaf milfoil
Thompson Lake Oxford 5 Leaving Variable-leaf milfoil

 

Download the complete 2013 CBI Summary Report

For more information email DEP at milfoil@maine.gov