Boaters need to take care

Boaters need to take care As South Dakotans gear up for another season of fishing, boating, or just enjoying a day on the water, boaters are reminded to take a few extra precautions to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

"Asian carp, Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed and purple loosestrife are unwanted residents of South Dakota that degrade the overall quality of lakes and streams they inhabit," said Aquatic Ecologist Jeff Shearer of Pierre. "By taking the following steps, further spread of these exotic species can be prevented."

* Clean and remove all plant material from your boat hull and trailer.

* Drain your livewell and bilge before leaving the boat ramp area.

* Flush your livewell and cooling system with hot water (140o F) or allow your boat and equipment to dry for several days when moving from one waterbody to the next.

* Do not dump bait into any waterbody.

* Never release fish into a waterbody from which they were not caught.

These steps may be an inconvenience, but are necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic species.

Boaters are also asked to use these precautions while visiting other states.

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