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New videos show steps anglers, boaters take to avoid spreading aquatic invasive species

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Take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and VHS fish disease.photo WDNR ©2012

MADISON – Two new public service announcements show boaters, anglers and other water users the four easy steps to take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and the fish disease VHS.

The animated 30-second spot “Sneaky Critters” and “Talking Sign” are now available on DNR’s YouTube channel “invasive species” (exit DNR) playlist and ready to be shared, says Deborah Seiler, outreach coordinator for Department of Natural Resources and UW-Extension aquatic invasive species efforts.

“We hope these new PSAs do get spread around,” Seiler says. “We encourage anyone or any group that’s interested in AIS prevention to share the videos and embed them on your blog or website.”

The video public service announcements remind water users to:

  • INSPECT boats, trailers and equipment.
  • REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
  • DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles and equipment.
  • NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody, with the exception of bait minnows. Minnows can be used again on the same water the next day or can be used elsewhere if the minnow container did not have lake or river water or fish added to it.

Seiler says that the more people can remind fellow boaters and anglers to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and VHS fish disease, the healthier Wisconsin lakes, fish and local economies will be.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Deborah Seiler – (608) 267-3531
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