approaches and boaters prepare to get on the water, the Indiana Department
of Natural Resource reminds you to “Clean, Drain, Dry.”
and drying your boat helps prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS),
DNR said in a statement released this week.
AIS are non-native
aquatic animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that can hurt native
aquatic plants and wildlife, harming the environment, human health ,and
businesses. They arrive in a variety of ways, including on trailers, on boat
hulls and motors, on fishing gear and through the pet trade.
“The best way for
boaters to help protect our waters is by following the ‘Clean-Drain-Dry’
message,” said Eric Fischer, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the
DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
When leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water. This
includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life vests, engines, and
other gear. Remove all visible plants, algae, animals and mud.
Drain accumulated water from watercraft or gear, including live wells and
transom wells, before leaving the ramp or public access point.
* Dry: Once
home, let all gear dry for five days or more before using it in a different
Some of the worst
aquatic invasive species in other states have yet to be found in Indiana,
according to Fischer, and the state wants to keep it that way.
that dumping bait or unwanted aquarium or terrarium pets can introduce
invasive species to waterways,” DNR said. “Dispose of all unused bait in a
trash can instead of dumping it into the water or on the shore.”
If you suspect you
have found an aquatic invasive plant, fish, mollusk or crustacean, report it
to the Division of Fish & Wildlife at dnr.IN.gov/6385.htm through the Report
IN app at eddmaps.org/indiana or by calling the Invasive Species Hotline at