Protecting our water resources can be as simple as washing and drying off your boat before leaving the ramp. Aquatic hitchhikers are harmful plants, animals and other organisms that are invasive to many water bodies and when established in a water body, can create dramatic changes. Here is a great little article on dealing with aquatic hitchhikers on your boat from the folks at Take Me Fishing. We will post the link to the original article at the bottom of this blog post. Don’t Pick Up Hitchhikers On Your Boat!
What can you do? Read through the handy tips from Trailer Boats Magazine and learn about some of the more prevalent hitchhikers and what you can do to prevent others from entering our lakes, rivers and streams. Check out Trailer Boats Magazine to learn more about boating today.
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Courtesy of The Utah Division of Wildlife Services
Why should we protect our waters from invasive organisms? Because these hitchhikers can:
- Reduce game fish populations.
- Ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment.
- Make lakes/rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers.
- Dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants, power plants, dam maintenance and industrial processes.
- Reduce native species.
- Degrade ecosystems.
- Affect human health.
- Reduce property values.
- Affect local economies of water-dependent communities.
Content Provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service