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"Clean Drain Dry" Day Puts New Shine on Minnesota Fishing Opener

Photo: Cleaning invasive plants off boat trailer

Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Saturday, May 9th, as Clean Drain Dry Day in Minnesota. This day also marks the beginning of Minnesota's much-anticipated fishing opener. Minnesota is first nationally in the sales of fishing licenses per capita and also one of the most aggressive in combating the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Minnesota Sea Grant is joining Governor Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife Forever in helping to remind anglers and boaters about Minnesota laws:

  • Clean off aquatic plants, animals and mud from boats, motors, fishing gear, etc.
  • Drain lake or river water from motor, ballast tanks, livewell, bilge and bait bucket before leaving accesses. (Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.)

To further decontaminate watercraft and equipment, it's important to spray, rinse, or dry everything before going to another waterbody, especially if your boat has been in the water or moored for more than 24 hours — or if you have recently been in zebra mussel and spiny waterflea infested waters.

Minnesota Sea Grant recognizes that community engagement is critical in the fight against invasive species. Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for Minnesota Sea Grant, said, "Fishing opener is the time to re-dedicate ourselves to take action all season long — to clean, drain, dry every time, everywhere."

"We commend Governor Dayton for his leadership in bringing awareness of the threat of invasive species and the havoc they wreak on equipment, fisheries and the economy," said Doug Grann, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever. "We are thankful for Minnesota Sea Grant working to keep invasive species out of their lakes."

Visitors from other states are likely to have seen Minnesota's Clean Drain Dry messaging. Visual reminders are posted throughout the state on highway billboards, at gas stations, boat ramps and bait shops.

Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry.

Posted on May 7, 2015

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