Aquatic Invasive Species

Minnesota has defined Invasive Species as a nonnative species that: causes or may cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health; or threatens or may threaten natural resources or the use of natural resources in the state.  Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota waters and is one of the top conservation challenges of our time. These nonnative species have the potential to cause serious harm to the environment, human health, and the economy.  According to the MN DNR the discovery of a new non-native species in the state’s waters is considered an introduction. When an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) that is already present in the state is discovered in another water body it is considered a new infestation. Preventing introductions of new species and new infestations is the foremost strategy in AIS management and is crucial to avoiding their establishment, spread, and irreversible consequences.  Without a prevention program new introductions and new infestations are highly likely.  For that reason prevention actions at the national, regional, and individual level are critical.  AIS prevention needs to be a group effort, form the individual to Federal government.  Please help in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species.  The growth potential of certain species in a new place, without its natural predation or disease can be explosive and cause changes in waters that are quick, permanent, and seriously detrimental to ecological, human, and economic health. 

To help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species please;
*Clean all water related equipment (including trailers) by removing any plants, animals, mud, and any foreign matter.  You cannot transport aquatic vegetation on public road ways.
*Drain all water related equipment including live wells and bait containers by removing drain plugs and opening bailers.  (To keep live bait bring extra water and leave in vehicle to replace the water in bait containers).  Keep drain plugs out when transporting equipment on public road ways.
*Do not release live bait!
Drain lower unit of motor by tilting motor down to drain water.
If going to another waterbody with-in 24 hours flush out live well and bait well with water, use hot water if available.
*AIS law

MN DNR "What you should do"

Aquatic Invasive Species Executive Summary

Complete Aquatic Invasive Species Assessment

Prevention and Management Plan for AIS