Manitoba

Sustainable Development

Aquatic Invasive Species

What to do when removing watercraft, trailer and water-related equipment from any water body in Manitoba?

Whenever a watercraft and trailer is removed from any water body in Manitoba and prior to leaving the launch area, it must be cleaned and drained . All drain (boat) plugs must be left out when transporting watercraft overland.

Whenever you remove water-related equipment (e.x., fishing gear, bait bucket, PFD, anchor) from any water body in Manitoba, and prior to leaving the launch area, it must be cleaned and  drained . Prior to placing the water-related equipment into another water body, it must be completely dry (or decontaminated) . Water-related equipment can be moved away from the launch area once it is clean and drained however it cannot  be used in another water body unless it is completely dry or has been decontaminated.

Before leaving the launch area, ensure the trailer and the back end of the motor vehicle are free of AIS and aquatic plants.

After the watercraft, trailer and water-related equipment is clean and drained, the boat plugs are left out and the water-related equipment is allowed to dry, they can be transported away from the launch area.

What to do when removing watercraft, trailer and water-related equipment from a water body in Manitoba designated as a control zone?

Whenever a watercraft and trailer is removed from a water body in Manitoba designated as a control zone,  they must be cleaned, drained  AND  decontaminated prior to placing the watercraft and trailer into another water body.

Whenever you remove water-related equipment (e.x., fishing gear, bait bucket, PFD, anchor) from any water body in Manitoba designated as a control zone, it must be cleaned and drained prior to leaving the launch area. Before  placing the water-related equipment into another water body, it must be  decontaminated AND completely dry . Water-related equipment can be moved away from the launch area once it is clean and drained however it cannot be used in another water body unless it has been decontaminated AND completely dry.

Also, before leaving a control zone, you MUST dispose of all live bait in the trash.

The decontamination does not have to occur at the boat launch. As long as the general provisions (clean, drain, dry, dispose) have been completed (where necessary), the watercraft, trailer, motor vehicle and water-related equipment can be transported away from the launch area of the water body in order to be decontaminated.

You Can Help Prevent the Spread of AIS

You may not:

  • transport watercraft overland without drain plugs removed.
  • launch a watercraft in Manitoba with AIS or aquatic plants attached.
  • leave a water body access area with AIS or aquatic plants attached.
  • transport water from one water body to another, including water in bait buckets.
  • place watercraft or water-related equipment removed from water bodies within control zones, into any other water body, unless the watercraft or equipment has been decontaminated.
  • take live bait used in a control zone to another water body. It must be disposed of in the trash prior to leaving the water body.

 


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