Friday, July 13, 2012

Boating in Connecticut? Better Check for Barnacles

Among the dozens of new laws that became effective July 1, 2012, in the state of Connecticut, one particular law should be of special interest to boaters. Public Act 12-167 created a new violation, punishable by a fine of $100, for anyone to transport a boat or a trailer without first having inspected the boat or trailer for the “presence of vegetation and aquatic invasive species, as determined by the commissioner,” and then removed and disposed of the offending vegetation or species.  The public act also requires that any course in safe boating approved by the state include instruction on inspecting a boat or trailer for vegetation or invasive species and how to properly remove and dispose of those items.
Questions or Comments? Contact Jared Cantor.