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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 Communications Network.

This publication can be requested through our purchasable on-line ordering form, or you can call us at 218.726.6191 to place an order.


Other exotic species pages:

AIS: An Educator's Information and Materials Guide (PDF download)
A Field Guide to Aquatic Exotic Plants and Animals
Eurasian Watermilfoil Factsheet
Eurasian Watermilfoil ID Card
Exotic Aquatics Traveling Trunk
Exotic Flowering Rush
Exotics To Go! CD
Fishhook Waterflea
Is it a White Bass or a White Perch
Purple Loosestrife ID Card
Purple Loosestrife: What You Should Know, What You Can Do
Round Goby ID Card
Round Gobies Invade North America
Ruffe: A New Threat to our Fisheries
Ruffe ID Card
Rusty Crayfish: A Nasty Invader
Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Compact Disk Information
Sea Lamprey: The Battle Continues
Spiny Tailed Bythotrephes
Three-State Exotic Species Boater Survey
Threespine Stickleback
Zebra Mussel ID Card
Zebra Mussel Overview

Related Seiche articles:

One Million Exotics ID Cards Available!
Aquatic Exotics: Highlights of the Ninth International Zebra
    Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference
Ballast Water Filtering Project Comes to Minnesota
"Bone-Cold Café" Suits Ruffe
Escaping Classroom Routines with Exotic Species
Exotics To Go! Presentations and Publications to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species
Force of 3 to Cooperate on ANS, Food Web,
    and Fisheries Issues
Giving Exotic Species a Taste of Their Own Medicine
Goby Population Found in Duluth-Superior Harbor
Habitattitude™ Hopes to Stem Releases of Aquatic Plants and Fish
Highschoolers Write about Eurasian Species
Invasive Aquatic Plant Field Guide
Invasive Crayfish Discovered in St. Louis Bay
Lake Superior's Native Lampreys
Mail-Ordering Aquatic Plants Can Be Dangerous
Major Zebra Mussel Infestation in Harbor Impacts
    Native Mussels, Boaters
Marketing Lamprey in Europe: A Good News/
    Bad News Story
New Exotic Species Projects Funded
Our Lake Has Fleas
Preparing for Purple Eaters
Romancing the Sea Lamprey (Love Potion Number 3KPZS)
Ruffe Bibliography Available
The Smell of Fear: Ruffe "Alarm" Pheromones
Tubenose Goby "Leaps" to Duluth/Superior
Two Exotic Species Projects Funded
Water Gardeners and Businesses Concerned about Invaders
Where Have All the Purple Flowers Gone?
Workshops Benefit from New Training Video
Zebra Mussels "Pulse" in Duluth-Superior Harbor
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