There are many ways to get involved and help protect Minnesota waters against aquatic invasive species:
- Become an AIS Detector to make credible AIS reports in coordination with the Minnesota DNR, allowing agency AIS staff to more efficiently focus on verifying new infestations.
- If you see a fish kill, report it.
- Donate to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
- And always follow state law to protect against aquatic invasive species by cleaning and draining your boat and other water-related equipment.
Prevention is the best strategy!
According to Minnesota law, you must:
1. Clean all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, and other prohibited invasive species from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreland.
2. Drain water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property. Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
3. Dispose of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash. It is illegal to release bait into a waterbody or release aquatic animals from one waterbody to another. If you want to keep your bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.