With boating season upon us, it’s important to remember to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) using the “clean, drain, dry” method for boats, as well as disinfecting fishing gear. Boat stewards are available at more than 200 launches across New York State to educate and assist boaters in practicing these techniques every time they come off the water and prior to launching.
AIS Prevention Tips:
- Inspect your watercraft and trailer, and remove anything that shouldn’t be there, like plants, animals, mud, or debris. Discard in a trash can or at a disposal station;
- Drain all water-holding compartments; and
- Wash your boat and allow it to fully dry before entering a new water body.
- When there’s no time to dry between uses, disinfect with hot water that’s at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or visit a decontamination site.
Boating in the Adirondack Park: As of June 2022, anyone operating any kind of motorized watercraft in the Adirondack Park and within ten miles of the Blue Line is required by law to possess certification that their vessel has undergone the proper cleaning measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Boaters can get their certification from a boat steward at a DEC-designated inspection station or by completing a self-issued certificate (PDF) prior to launch.
Have questions about this regulation? See our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
Photo at top: A boat is inspected and cleaned to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. NYS DEC photo.