stop exotics: clean your boat
We share a responsibility to stop the spread of exotics.
It only takes a few minutes to do the simple steps... John Ratzenberger
Exotics like zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and hydrilla
are just a few aquatic nuisance species that watercraft users can
spread if they're not careful. Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat shows
the simple steps boaters across North America can take to prevent
the spread of these nasty plants and animals.
Featuring John Ratzenberger (better known as Cliff Clavin from
the TV show "Cheers") with his likable know-it-all style,
this humorous video leaves boaters informed and motivated to take
a couple extra minutes to clean their boat, sailboat, or personal
watercraft at the end of a day on the water.
Studies have shown that boaters will take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (also known as exotic species)if they are provided with
the information. This video is part of education efforts conducted by many agencies in the United States and Canada. The information it presents is based on voluntary prevention guidelines developed by the Recreation Activities Committee of the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and recommendations approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat highlights 5 simple steps boaters
should take with their equipment. Before launching into or leaving
any water body:
- REMOVE all plants and animals
- DRAIN lake and river water
- DISPOSE of unwanted live bait on shore
- RINSE your boat and equipment with high pressure
hot water, especially if moored for more than a day
- DRY everything for at least 5 days
Who is it for? Both marine and freshwater boaters, personal watercraft users, and sailboaters. The video is designed to be shown at visitor
centers, environmental learning centers, boating retail outlets, and at boater training sessions. Video runs 11 minutes. Single copies are $10, bulk (10 or more) are $8.
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The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program produced this video
with major support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.
Coast Guard, SeaLand Technology, Inc., Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, University of California Sea Grant Program, and the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife. Support also provided by In-Fisherman
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