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starry stonewortMyDNR, Indiana’s Outdoor Newsletter: Did you know that Indiana’s waterways can be altered by the presence of aquatic invasive species? Non-native plants, animals, and organisms can disrupt bodies of water and ecosystems, threatening sport fisheries and other commercial resources.

If you’re wondering what you can do to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, there are many easy steps that Hoosiers and out-of-state visitors can take to stop aquatic hitchhikers:

  • Clean off any animals, plants, and mud from any angling or boating gear.
  • Drain the water from watercrafts, bladder tanks, bilges, motors, livewells, and portable bait containers before leaving the water access area.
  • Make sure everything air-dries for five days or longer or is dried with a towel.
  • Dispose of any unwanted or unused bait, fish parts, and packing materials in the trash, rather than on the ground or in water. Remember, littering harms the environment.

DNR is counting on you to help protect Indiana’s waterways and species.

Newsletter can be found online: MyDNR Email Newsletter

For more information please visit DNR: Fish & Wildlife: Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).

Invasive Mussels, IN DNR Fish and Wildlife
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Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)
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Purdue Researchers Get to the Bottom of Another Quagga Mussel Impact, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)
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Nongame and Endangered Wildlife, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Department of Fish & Wildlife

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