Following are highlights the DNR pulled from the 2013 Invasive Species of Minnesota report:
• DNR watercraft inspectors, who inspect boats and equipment at water accesses, conducted 123,000 inspections — an increase of nearly 62 percent since 2011.
• More than 1,000 lake service providers have received aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and permits.
• During the first full year of its operation, the AIS Advisory Committee began conversations with boat manufacturers on design modifications to ensure boats drain water more effectively.
• The DNR initiated risk assessments on the potential for transporting veligers in residual water of recreational watercraft.
Also last year:
• Nearly 8,000 boats arrived at Minnesota water accesses with drain plugs in. More than 1,200 of those boats had vegetation attached and 134 had zebra mussels attached. These were all violations of AIS laws. DNR-trained watercraft inspectors were onsite to stop the owners and remove the invasive species before launching.
For more information, and a PDF file of the 2013 annual report, visit www.mndnr.gov/AIS.