New York Proposes New Regulations To Stop Invasive Species

New York is taking steps to limit the spread of invasive species at state-owned boat launches.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches. The proposed regulatory changes will require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch.

LCC endorses the new requirements as an important step in combating invasive species. “Efforts to prevent species from moving from one waterbody to another are critical. Once invasive species become established, elimination becomes impossible. The proposed regulations clearly reduce such risks,” noted Staff Scientist Mike Winslow.

Boaters are advised to check their boats, trailers and equipment carefully for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found. Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC's website. Public comments will be accepted through February 24, 2014 via email (fishregs@ or mail (sent to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753).