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.
- Become an AIS Tracker to monitor changes in populations of AIS over time in specific locations and to generate data useful for adaptive management, which includes assessing treatment options and evaluating response to treatment efforts.
- 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.