STOP THE TRANSPORT OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) or Aquatic Intruders are non-native animals and plants that enter into new areas and spread, causing damage to native species and their habitats.
Many of these species can attach themselves to boats, on hulls, rudders and props. They can also be carried in ballast and bilge water, or as bait or attached to shellfish shells. As vessels travel from one area to another, such species are inadvertently transported to new bodies of water where they pose a threat to existing eco-systems.
- Aquatic Invasive Species cause damage to native species and their habitats, potentially introducing new parasites and diseases and disrupting food supplies.
- New introduced species do not have predators or other aquatic competitors to keep them in check.
- The buildup of some of these species on a boat hull can result in increased fuel costs, poorer boat maneuverability and increased clean up costs at the end of the season.
LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY AQUATIC
INVASIVE SPECIES AND HELP STOP THE SPREAD.
Early detection and rapid control are critical to saving a body of water. Here is just a sample of the aquatic invasive species that have been discovered in our eastern North American waters.