New Yorkers take action to protect lands and waters from invasive species that can be harmful to human health, animal habitat, agriculture and tourism.
Invasive species can be a serious problem in communities around Sodus Bay, with the potential to damage animal habitats and impede the growth of our tourism and agricultural industries.
In 2014 and 2015 New York State ran Invasive Species Awareness weeks.
Some key recommendations to prevent Invasives getting into Sodus Bay:
Recreational Boating Precautions
It is very important that boaters, anglers and other recreational enthusiasts take precautions to avoid transporting this and other invasive species, particularly after leaving waters known to harbor aquatic invasive species.
Clean, Drain & Dry Inspect your fishing and boating equipment and remove all mud, plants and other organisms that might be clinging to them. Once clean, ensure that all equipment has been properly drained, paying particular attention to bilge areas, livewells, and baitwells in boats. Drying is the most effective “disinfection” mechanism and is least likely to damage sensitive equipment and clothing. All fishing and boating equipment, clothing and other gear should be dried completely before moving to another body of water. This may take a week or more depending upon the type of equipment, where it is stored and weather conditions. A basic rule of thumb is to allow at least 48 hours for drying most non-porous fishing and boating gear at relative humidity levels of 70 percent or less. Steps should be taken to actively disinfect fishing and boating equipment if it cannot be dried before its use in another body of water.
DEC adopted new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching and after retrieving from DEC lands.
More information can be found on New York State Invasive Species Information Site: http://www.nyis.info/index.php