Transportation Authorization

If you're removing watercraft or water-related equipment from zebra mussel invaded waters (Lake Winnipeg, the Red River and Cedar Lake), you may need a Transportation Authorization.

Under the provincial Water Protection Act and the federal Fisheries Act, it is illegal to possess zebra mussels live or dead.

When removing a watercraft from a Manitoba water body you must:

  • inspect and remove any aquatic invasive species and aquatic plants
  • remove or open all drain plugs on the watercraft used to drain water
  • drain all water from the motor
  • drain all water from live wells, compartments and equipment that may collect water

When moving water-related equipment you must:

  • inspect and make sure it is free of any aquatic invasive species and aquatic plants
  • drain all water from the equipment (ex: bait buckets)

You must take these actions before transporting the watercraft or water-related equipment away from the shore of any water body in Manitoba. It's the law.

However, if you are leaving any zebra mussel invaded water body, particularly the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, it may not be possible to remove all the invasive mussels before leaving the shore. In this situation you may be able to obtain a Transportation Authorization which allows the possession of AIS while you move your watercraft and/or water related equipment from a zebra mussel invaded water body to another destination to be decontaminated.

You may request a Transportation Authorization by:

Emailing or calling 204-793-1154

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

1. Your contact information including name, mailing address, phone number and email address (if available).

2. Watercraft details (includes engine powered such as jet skies, and non-engine powered watercrafts such as canoes): manufacturer, model, length, engine type, and watercraft registration number

3. Water-related equipment details (ex: buoys, anchors): type(s) and quantity

4. Current location of watercraft or equipment: water body and harbour (where relevant)

5. Destination location (location of decontamination): Street address, city, province/state, postal/area code

6. Date the watercraft or equipment is being transported

7. If someone other than yourself, contact information for the person or agency transporting the watercraft or water-related equipment: Name of individual or agency, mailing address, phone, email address

8. Will the watercraft or water-related equipment be returned to the same water body next year? If no, to where will it be taken (name of water body and province)?