Filed Under (Boat/Trailer Maintenance) by Debbie on 22-05-2008

If you own a boat then you probably know invasive fresh water shellfish and plants are costing us boat owners tons of money.  This weekend kicks off the 2008 boating season and I wanted to remind you to check your boat and trailer before you launch.  Also, if you visit an area out side your local watering hole then check before leaving that area too.

  1. Inspect your boat and trailer, especially at the hitch, roller, bilge and motor/prop. Remove any plants and animals you see before leaving the area.
  2. Drain your motor, wet well, and bilge on land before leaving the area.
  3. Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving the area. Never release live bait into a waterbody, or release aquatic animals from one waterbody into another.
  4. Rinse your boat, trailer, and equipment. It’s best to use high-pressure, hot water but a garden hose will work if you don’t have another option.
  5. Air dry your boat and equipment for as long as possible. Five days is best (5 dry days in Oregon/Washington?).

If you can follow this checklist each time you pull your boat off the water you’ll help prevent the spread of most aquatic nuisance species.  We all love the water and it would be a real shame if we didn’t pay attention to what we’re doing only to find our favorite spots destroyed and no longer useable.  Do you want to know what these pesky invasive fresh water shellfish and plants look like? Working together we can stop the spread of invasion, please use the “share this” below to email to friends you know!

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