Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp
Beginning in 2016, all resident and non-resident boaters will be required to pay a fee to fund programs aimed at combating aquatic invasive species.
Boaters who register their motorized watercraft in Nebraska will be required to pay $5 in addition to their three-year boater registration fee. Boaters who register their motorized watercraft in any other state will be required to obtain a $15 Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp each year that they boat in Nebraska. This stamp is available for purchase online. A temporary stamp may be purchased at some state parks and recreation areas.
Nebraska is faced with many invasive species challenges — habitat degradation due to noxious weeds, tree loss due to insect damage and reduced water recreation opportunities due to invasive mussel introductions, among others.
As defined in statute, invasive species are aquatic or terrestrial organisms not native to the region that cause economic or biological harm and are capable of spreading to new areas. Invasive species does not include livestock,, honey bees, domestic pets, intentionally planted agronomic crops or nonnative organisms that do not cause economic or biological harm.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has partnered with the University of Nebraska and the USGS Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to provide a coordinated response to invasive species threats. To learn more about the invasive species in Nebraska, please visit the Nebraska Invasive Species Program.
Prevention is the best tool available for combating invasive species. Please follow the guidelines below and help reduce the risk of invasive species impacts to Nebraska’s natural resources.
Clean. Drain. Dry.
All water equipment before leaving a waterbody.
Burn it where you buy it
Prevent the spread of invasive insects, don’t move firewood.
Play Clean Go
Stop invasive species in your tracks.