On YouTube: NYSG's Watercraft Inspection How-To Video
Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species - Watercraft Inspection - News

Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species

By Mary Penney, NYSG Coastal Community Development Specialist
Matt Brincka, 2012 New York Sea Grant Launch Steward
Featuring:  Kyle Teufel, 2012 New York Sea Grant Launch Steward

Boaters and water enthusiasts, are you interested in learning how you can help keep the waters you love free from the introduction of new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)?

During this nearly seven-minute instructional video New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Launch Steward Kyle Teufel discusses AIS prevention tips as she reviews the locations on boats and trailers that often attract aquatic hitchhikers, including AIS. This visual assessment of boat and trailer checkpoints is referred to as watercraft inspection. Other highlights of the video include “Clean-Drain-Dry” reminders about draining water from boats, buckets and other equipment; boat washing, and drying recommendations; special checkpoints for different types of boats, including canoes, kayaks, and personal watercrafts; proper disposal of aquatic hitchhikers; and URLs to related resources. The clean & inspect, drain and dry messaging in video is promoted by national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign partners.
For more information on protecting native habitats against invasive threats, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042, SGOswego@cornell.edu. To learn more about the NYSG Launch Steward Program, visit www.nyseagrant.org/ccdstewards or the related blog, www.nysglaunchsteward.blogspot.com.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for NY Coastlines, its flagship publication, which, in 2014, merges with the program's e-newsletter, Currents. NY Coastlines is published several times a year.

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