MN anglers and boaters need to pay attention to aquatic invasive species laws

Last weekend’s fishing opener should be a reminder to Minnesotans to continue to follow the laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, compliance sur- passed 97 percent at more than 450,000 watercraft inspections. DNR Enforcement officers are seeing a steady increase in the number of people who know and follow aquatic invasive species laws.

“Nearly all Minnesota anglers and boaters are taking the three simple steps: clean, drain, dispose,” said DNR Enforcement Operations Manager Jackie Glaser. “It’s not only the best way to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, but it’s also the law in Minnesota.”

Boaters and anglers are re- minded to:

• Clean aquatic plants and de- bris from watercraft.

• Drain lake or river water and keep drain plugs out during transport.

• Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water.

In addition to these steps, especially after leaving infested waters, the DNR recommends that anglers:

• Spray boat and trailer with high-pressure water.

• Rinse boat and trailer withhot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes; or 140 de- grees Fahrenheit for 10 seconds); or

• Dry boat and equipment for at least five days.

More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS.

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