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17 You Can Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species With over 180 non-native species already established in the Great Lakes preventing the spread of invasives can seem like an overwhelming task.Yet there are simple things that you can do to stop their spread. Boaters When removing your boat from a lake inspect the boat trailer and all accessory equipment that has been in the water. Remove all plant and animal material before leaving the launch. Drain water from motor live wells bilge and transom wells immediately before leaving water access area. Before transporting your boat to another water body wash your boat tackle downrigger cables trailer and other equipment with hot water or spray with high-pressure water or let your boat dry out in the sun for at least five days. Anglers Empty bait buckets on land. Never dump a bait bucket into a lake if it has water from another water body in it and never dump live fish from one water body into another. Not only can this result in the introduction of a new species into a lake it is also illegal. Learn to identify the different species of baitfish and distinguish them from invasive fish such as the round goby. Buy your bait where you fish and dispose of unused bait and water on land away from the lake or in the trash. Gardeners Exotic plants can add beauty and variety to your garden. But take care some species can become invasive if they escape to our natural waters or woodlands. Learn how to identify exoticinvasive species. Remember that they thrive in disturbed areas so wherever possible keep it natural. Choose contained areas for your exotic plants or better yet use native plants. Report sightings to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or online at Find out how YOU can get involved in the fight against invasives at your lake httpfoca.on.caais- monitoring-program