Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
Source: Water Safety Journal June 2009 Vol. 25
Introducing non-native species into waters can upset the balance of
the ecosystem, hurting the environment. Aquatic nuisance species
(Eurasian Milfoil, Zebra Mussels, Asian Carp, etc.) are most often
spread between waterways by hitching a ride on boats and trailers. When
transplanted into new waters, these organisms proliferate, displacing
native species and damaging the water resource.
To help prevent the spread of AIS, boaters should follow a simple set
of procedures each time when leaving the water:
Remove any visible plants, fish, or animals before transporting
Drain water from all equipment (motor, live well, bilge, transom
well) before transporting.
Clean and dry anything that comes into contact with water
(boats, trailers, equipment, boots, clothing, dogs).
Before moving to another waterbody either: Rinse your boat and
equipment with hot (104 degree) water; or spray your boat and
trailer with a high pressure water at a car wash; or dry your boat
and equipment for at least 5 days.
Never release plants, fish, or animals into a waterbody unless
they came out of that waterbody. Empty unwanted bait in the trash.
Learn to identify aquatic invasive species. Report any suspected
infestations to the nearest DNR fisheries station.
If a boat, motor, trailer, live well, etc. have been out of the
water for a considerable length of time (five days minimum—ten days
better) any AIS should have died. To be sure, everything should be
washed with hot water and allowed to dry before entering the lake.
The American Boating Association
PO Box 690
New Market, MD 21774