July 3 – 9, over 70 boat landing events across Michigan will help mark Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week and bring public awareness to the impact of harmful, nonnative aquatic plants and animals to the state’s ecosystems, tourism industry and economy.
“Recreational boaters and anglers can play a key role in helping prevent the spread of invasive species,” says Kevin Walters, aquatic biologist with EGLE. “Instead of spreading invasive species, we’re asking people to help spread the word about simple steps that can be taken when out recreating on Michigan’s waters.”
Boat landing events are planned as part of the ninth annual Landing Blitz, where state representatives and local partners will give boaters tips on how to prevent the spread of invasive species and comply with recently updated laws. Similar aquatic invasive species events will be held around the Great Lakes.
Don’t forget to follow these required steps to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
- Remove all aquatic organisms, including plants, from watercraft and trailers before launching or transporting.
- Remove all drain plugs and darin all water from bilges, ballast tanks and live wells before transporting a watercraft.
- Dispose of unused bait in the trash, not the water.
For more information, visit michigan.gov/invasives.