White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever has launched a new set of aquatic invasive species (AIS) educational materials tailored to the wake sports industry to educate boaters on preventing the spread of invasive species.
In partnership with the Boat US Foundation, MarineMax and MN DNR, a new video public service announcement (PSA), helps showcase important steps to remove water from boats and ballast tanks, along with weeds from trailers. Additional marketing and outreach materials are available for boat dealers, retail centers and inspectors at boat ramps.
“We all want our public waters to be clean and free from invasive species. Working in partnership with the wake sports industry we hope to reach more people to instill AIS awareness in this rapidly growing sport,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO Wildlife Forever.
Wake boats have large internal ballast compartments or use external bags that need to be drained and dried to eliminate any unwanted pests from being spread to other waters. A recent study from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center using AIS infested water showed that even after attempting to be drained, these ballast compartments can contain over 12 cups of residual water. Samples found that 97% contained zebra mussel veligers but, after 5 days of drying, only 2% of veligers present were found to be alive.
Creating fresh, new and relevant AIS education and marketing tools will help boat dealers and retailers educate customers and new boat owners. Protecting the resource and ensuring responsible recreation will also ensure a vibrant future for the sport which has come under scrutiny from some states and other organizations. Certain boats have ballast compartments and equipment that are difficult to access. If not drained and dried properly, the risk of accidental transport increases dramatically. Boaters need to always remember, Clean Drain Dry.
“Our goal at Wildlife Forever is to engage all outdoor recreational users on positive messaging and best practices to prevent invasive species. Wake sports represent just one potential pathway of spread due to their unique equipment. Reminding everyone do their part to Clean Drain Dry helps protect the sport and the resource we share,” said Dane Huinker, Conservation Program Manager of Wildlife Forever.
Contact Wildlife Forever for information on free Wake sports materials and Clean Drain Dry resources.
About the Clean Drain Dry Initiative: The Wildlife Forever Clean Drain Dry Initiative is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging and tailored AIS prevention planning. To learn about services, contact Dane Huinker: DHuinker@WildlifeForever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.org
About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today! To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.