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Stop the Spread | Boaters & Anglers1. Inspect your boat, motor, trailer, and boating equipment such as anchors and fishing gear, centerboards, rollers, and axles. Remove any zebra mussels and other animals and plants that are visible before leaving any waterbody.

2. Drain water from the motor, live well, bilge and transom wells while on land immediately before leaving the waterbody.

3. Wash or dry your boat, tackle, downriggers, trailer, and other boating equipment to kill harmful species that were not visible at the boat launch. Some aquatic species can survive more than two weeks out of water . Therefore, it is important to:

  • Rinse your boat and equipment that normally gets wet with hot tap water (greater than 50°C), or
  • Spray your boat and trailer with high pressure water (250 psi), or
  • Dry your boat and equipmant in the sun for at least 5 days before transporting them to another body of water.

4. Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving any body of water. Never release live bait into water, or release aquatic animals from one water body into another. It is illegal to use gobies, ruffe or rudd for bait!

5. Learn how to identify exotic species, if you believe they have spread to a new location in Ontario, please call the province-wide Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or make a report online.