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Published May 11, 2012, 10:17 PM

Minnesota DNR issues reminders on dealing with invasive species

Minnesota (WDAY TV) - Fishing season is just hours away, but as the anticipation grows, the DNR has a few reminders to stop the devastating spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Fishing season is just hours away, but as the anticipation grows, the DNR has a few reminders to stop the devastating spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Officials say nearly one in five boaters didn't pass the new invasive species regulations last year, so you can expect the DNR to be handing out more fines and cracking down in 2012. Remember, you must drain bait buckets, bilges and live wells before leaving any water access. Aquatic plants must be removed from boats and trailers.

You can expect check stations on both public and private waters. Citations range from $50 to $1,000, and many of those fines will double starting July 1st.

Jim Wolters – Minnesota DNR: “Number one check out your boat before opening morning, make sure its running, make sure you have enough life-jackets, your PFD, all your safety equipment, and make sure you have your license on you too.”

Don't plan on disobeying any of the new regulations. The DNR has hired 150 new inspectors for the summer season. For a complete list of the new regulations click on the Easy Link.

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