Reveals Steps to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

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To help observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week, revealed a list of simple steps that can help prevent the spread of these destructive organisms.

In support of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which runs from March 3 to March 8, 2013, has compiled a list of easy steps that boaters can follow to prevent the spread of these destructive species.

An invasive species is defined as “ a species that is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” Included in their number are several varieties of aquatic plants and animals that can be spread through the careless actions of boaters. To help reduce the spread of these organisms and raise awareness of the threat they represent, released a list of easy steps that boaters can follow.

Boaters should make an effort to avoid piloting their watercraft through aquatic plants whenever possible. Seeds and spores from certain species can become stuck on the boat’s surface, and will spread to the next body of water if they aren’t removed beforehand.

When boaters are preparing to leave the lake or river, they should drain all water from their craft, as well as from the engines. It is important to be thorough. People should check any conceivable area for water.

After the water is drained, and after the boat has been placed on its boat trailer and removed from the body of water, boaters should inspect the watercraft and remove any visible plants, animals, or fragments thereof, as well as any spots of visible mud. Then, using a pressure washer or something similar, clean the entire craft, along with anything that came in contact with the water, such as anchors, buckets, and the like.

Invasive species can be extremely damaging to the nation’s waterways, but with these simple, easy-to-follow steps, the staff at Used Boat Trailers hopes to keep the lakes and rivers as pristine as possible.

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