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What to do when using water-related equipment in a water body in Manitoba?

To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), all water-users must take the following steps before moving water-related equipment from one water body into another water body. These requirements are in effect year round.

Water-related equipment is equipment that is used in water such as watercraft trailers, removable docks, fishing gear, nets, PFDs, scuba gear, anchor, bait bucket, auger, scientific equipment, construction equipment, floatable devices, paddle boards and a child’s sand pail.

What to do before placing water-related equipment into a water body:

Before placing water-related equipment into a water body, it must be:

  • Clean, which means free of aquatic invasive species, aquatic plants and mud
  • Drained of all water. If there is water present, it must be drained so it does not drain into any water body or down a storm drain.

What to do when removing water-related equipment from a water body:

Similar to watercraft, whenever water-related equipment is removed from a water body in Manitoba, and prior to leaving the shore, it must be:

  • Clean, that is, free of aquatic invasive species and aquatic plants
  • Drained of all water

Prior to placing the water-related equipment into another water body, it must be dried completely. If drying cannot be done prior to placing the water-related equipment into another water body, it must be decontaminated.

Water-related equipment can be moved away from the shore of the water body once it is clean and drained however, it cannot be placed into another water body unless it is dried completely or has been decontaminated.

Before leaving the shore of a water body, the back end of the motor vehicle must be checked to ensure it is also free of AIS and aquatic plants.

What to do when removing water-related equipment from a provincially-designated control zone water body and before placing it into another water body?

Whenever water-related equipment is removed from a provincially-designated control zone water body, they must be cleaned and drained at the shore before leaving the waterbody. The water-related equipment must also be decontaminated AND dried prior to placing the water-related equipment into another water body.

If you are returning the water-related equipment to the same water body or another water body within the same control zone you are not required to decontaminate and completely dry the equipment. This requirement is just needed when you take your water-related equipment to a different water body outside of that control zone.

Also, before leaving any water body within a control zone, you must dispose of all bait in the trash. For more information on bait, bait use and aquatic invasive species, click here.

What to do when removing water-related equipment from water body in Manitoba in the winter (ice-covered) months?

In winter, aquatic invasive species can be spread by water-related equipment being moved from one water body to another. The requirements for water-related equipment apply year round thus taking the following precautions can help to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species during the winter (or ice-covered) months.

When removing water-related equipment, such as an auger, from a water body it is not necessary to remove any built-up ice that formed on the water-related equipment prior to leaving the shore of the water body. However prior to leaving the shore of the water body, water-related equipment still must be free of aquatic invasive species and aquatic plants.

All the requirements apply as stated above for water-related equipment being used in the winter or ice-covered season.