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Invasive Species Management

The organizers are strongly committed to the practice of cleaning gear to maintain clean water. It’s up to each of us to take action to protect our waters from being invaded by an invasive species. The best thing we can do is to make sure that we are as clean as possible when we move between waters.

Take a close look at your equipment for any rocks, mud, plants, moss or other materials.  Physically remove it.

Thoroughly clean your equipment with water and a brush to remove any attached materials.

Completely dry your equipment in the sun.

The Rising Problem of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)
As the result of the emerging threat posed to our fisheries by various Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) such as New Zealand mud snails, the whirling disease parasite Myxobolus cerebralis, and Didymo (filamentous algae), many anglers, guides, outfitters, lodge, and fly shop owners have raised concerns regarding the proper care of angling equipment to help prevent the spread of these nasty aquatic hitchhikers.

  • All Competitors are required to clean their gear prior to the start of the event.
  • Cleaning agents will be available at team registration.
  • Boats used on Loch sessions will be washed down and inspected prior to entering water.

Inspect, Clean, and Dry all Fishing Equipment

Unfortunately, there is no safe and simple, universal, one-size-fits-all, silver bullet solution for neutralizing these various invasive aquatic flora and fauna, and the chemical solutions that do come the closest to providing this guarantee are extremely harsh on equipment and not safe for the environment.  For example, while soaking wading gear in a solution of chlorine bleach and water will kill the whirling disease parasite; repeated use of this mixture will destroy the wading gear.  So, what can one do?  The most workable solution is to simply inspect, clean, and whenever possible dry your fishing gear when moving between fishing locations, especially when moving from waters where ANS are known to be present.
ANS can hitch a ride in mud, debris, aquatic vegetation, and in water.  In the case of boats, make sure all water is drained from boat and live wells.  Inspect the boat and rinse the boat and trailer at a car wash or with a garden hose.  For waders and angling gear, before you leave the river, rinse off the mud, debris, and vegetation.  Inspect waders and boots to make sure nobody is hiding in the crevices and seams.  A soft brush kept in the wader bag is useful when cleaning the boot seams.  If possible, dry your gear out between trips.  If sportsmen perform these relatively simple tasks, they’ll be doing their part to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species.

What about Chemical Treatments? 
It is true that various chemical treatments have been identified that will kill some ANS such as Formula 409 for mud snails and chlorine bleach or Sparquat for whirling disease spores.  The fact is that these chemicals are harsh on equipment and may be harmful to the aquatic ecosystem.  Can you imagine what the fishing access site, nearby riparian zone, and river water might look (and smell) like if everyone that got out of the water doused their gear in bleach and Formula 409?  The best approach for the angling and sporting public to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species is to Inspect, Clean, and Dry, simple guidelines of the Federation of Fly Fishers campaign – the Clean Angling Pledge. Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited have joined together to request that every angler join in this effort by signing the Clean Angling Pledge which can be viewed and signed online at http://www.cleanangling.org/.  Information provided by The Orvis Company.

Boat Cleaning for ANS

Colorado Parks & Wildlife boat cleaning process

The organizers are committed to the practice of cleaning gear to maintain clean water. It’s up to each of us to take action to protect our waters from being invaded by an invasive species. The best thing we can do is to make sure that we are as clean as possible when we move between waters.

The Rising Problem of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)
Boats and boat trailers can easily transport aquatic hitchhikers in many different ways. When you enter a different water body, you can be introducing a new aquatic nuisance species. Many of the different plant species can expand quickly in a new environment and the next time you return, you may not be able to get your boat through the mat of weeds. Also species such as zebra mussels can ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment.

Follow these guidelines:

  • While boating, do not run through aquatic plants
  • While on land, but before leaving a body of water:
    • Drain water out of every conceivable item that can hold water:
    • Follow factory guidelines for eliminating water from engines. All engines hold water, but jet drives on personal watercraft and other boats can hold extra water.
    • Remove the drain plug from boats and put boat on an incline so that all the water drains out.
    • Drain live-wells, bilge and transom wells
    • Empty water out of kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc.
  • Remove any visible plant, fish, and animal or fragment as well as mud, which can house them.
  • Trailer
  • In and around the boat itself
  • Anchor
  • Props or with jet engines pull plants out of steering nozzle.
  • Ropes
  • Boat bumpers
  • Paddles
  • Clean all parts and equipment that came in contact with the water.
    • Use high-pressure water and/or water above 104° F (40° C) to clean trailers, boats and equipment. If you do not have access to 104° water, be sure to dry your boat after washing.
    • Clean boat’s entire hull. Feel the hull for rough or gritty surfaces, which could mean that young zebra mussels are present. Rub down these gritty areas and spray again with hot water. Dispose of towels in the garbage.
  • Clean anchors, live wells, buckets and other items that either were in or held water. Clean with 104 degree F water or the salt or vinegar solution as described in the Tips For Careful Cleaning.


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