What You Can Do For AIS
Inspections and decontaminations of all water-related equipment are very important! They can help prevent the spreading of aquatic invasive species (AIS) within Minnesota. Just remember these three simple steps to help stop the invasion: CLEAN-DRAIN-DRY. You can be part of helping to prevent the spread of AIS!
With just a few easy steps, you can safely and legally transport your bait without spreading AIS. Here is how:
- Drain your boat, livewell, and bait containers
- Remove plugs when traveling
- Replace bait water with well, tap, or spring water
- Put unwanted bait in the garbage
- Transport game fish on ice
You can also safely and legally transport your personal watercraft without spreading AIS. Here is how:
- Avoid aquatic plants when driving your watercraft
- Check watercraft for AIS
- Clean plants from your water intake, impeller, and trailer
- Run watercraft engine 5 to 10 seconds to drain
- Rinse hull with hot water, spray with high pressure, or leave dry for at least five days
WATER-RELATED EQUIPMENT OR DOCKS, LIFTS, AND SWIM RAFTS LAWS
There is a specific law pertaining to water-related equipment or docks, lifts, and swim rafts. “As of July 1, 2012, a boat lift, dock, swim raft, or associated equipment that has been removed from any water body may not be placed in another water body until a minimum of 21 days have passed.” - Minnesota Statute 84D.10
The decontamination process consists of three possible components: hand removal, hot water treatment, and high-pressure treatment. Microscopic organisms can be killed by 100-140° F hot water and residual water can be flushed out of the watercraft system. Attached zebra mussels or aquatic plants can be removed by hand or with high-pressure water. No chemicals are used during the hot water treatment in the decontamination process.
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