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AIS Landing Blitz Teaches Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 30, 2019 11:38 PM

An event meant to inform boaters about the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species was held in Duluth on Sunday. 

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The AIS Landing Blitz is being held at hundreds of water access sites throughout the region from June 28 to July 7 including on Duluth's Rices Point Landing.

Volunteers and state agencies will be at various boat launches, teaching boaters and others on how to spot, and report invasive species.

"This is the most popular time of year June 28 through July 7 that kind of 4th of July season, so we wanted to cover all of these landings throughout the Great Lakes, and promote best management practices for boaters to prevent the spread of invasive species," said Tyler Kaspar, a microbiologist with the 1854 Treaty Authority.  

This is the first time all regions around the Great Lakes have come together to hold such an exercise.

Kaspar wants to remind boaters:

  • The drain plug needs to be pulled out of the boat when coming to the landing and when leaving the water.
  • A separate water source is needed if you have bait and want to keep it alive as there can't be any transformation of water with livewells and baitwells.  
  • Always pull vegetation from the boat.

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