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Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades - News


Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation/Tourism Specialist, P: 315.312.3042, E: dgw9@cornell.edu

Syracuse, NY, July 1, 2013 -Boating season is underway in New York and that brings with it the risk of invasive species being spread into rivers and lakes. For this edition of Going Green, Your News Now’s Terry Ettinger has more.

“Right now, the biggest issue of concern is hydrilla, which is an invasive plant that’s been found in the Finger Lakes in Western New York,” said New York Sea Grant's Recreation/Tourism Specialist Dave White.

Many invasive species continue to move through the system like bloody red shrimp, ruffe, river ruffe, rudd and others are being transported across New York State and there’s great concern about new species that could come into the lakes

White says the key to prevent the spread of any invasive species is careful inspection and cleaning.

“You need to make sure you check everything that’s come in contact with the water to make sure you’re not transporting any water or any organisms. If you see weeds, remove them, if you have any standing water you want to make sure you’re removing it by wiping it off and hosing it down. Many boat launch ramps have invasive species collection points. So, you’re not just throwing it back in the water, but into a collection point,” said White.

At some boat launches they may have people there to help.

“New York State DEC in partnership with many of us put forward a program called Boat Launch Stewards. At many boat launch ramps, there may actually be college students there working the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker Program, to help keep your boat clean drained and dry helping identify areas you’ll want to clean invasive species from,” said White.

Finally, it’s not just the boat and trailer that need to be inspected and cleaned, it’s anything that has come in contact with the water such as boots or fishing gear.

For more on this topic, check out the video clip.

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