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Finished boating and ready to head home? Here's what you can do to prevent spreading aquatic invasive species.

  • Inspect your boat and trailer, removing any nuisance species (including zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil) you see before leaving the area.
  • Drain your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the area.
  • Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving the area.
  • Never release live bait into a body of water or release aquatic animals from one body of water into another.
  • Rinse your boat, trailer, and equipment. It is best to use high-pressure, hot water. A garden hose will work if no other option is available.
  • Flush the engine's cooling system with hot water.
  • Air-dry your boat and equipment for as long as possible. Five days is optimal.
  • Apply antifouling materials such as paint and films to boat hulls, trim tabs, water ports, transducers, and swimming platforms to discourage zebra mussel attachment.
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