Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are a ever growing problem in Manitoba. Specifically in North and South Basins of Lake Winnipeg, Cedar Lake, Several locations along the U.S. portions of the Red River and the Channel of Lake Winnipeg South of Grindstone Point. In an attempt to halt the spread of Zebra Mussels and other AIS, Our friends at Sustainable Development have provided a comprehensive document that shows all users of Manitoba lakes and river systems how to rid their watercraft, trailers, water related equipment such as anchors, waders, PFDs, paddles, etc of AIS.
From the document:
Before launching a watercraft or placing water-related equipment into a water body in Manitoba it
must be free of aquatic invasive species, aquatic plants, mud, and standing water. All water must be drained so it does not drain into any water body or storm sewer.
Before leaving the boat launch at any water body in Manitoba, you must:
CLEAN and remove all AIS and aquatic plants. Inspect the watercraft, trailer, motor vehicle and water- related equipment visually, while running your hands over the surfaces that were submerged in the water. Recently settled zebra mussels feel like sandpaper, but may not be noticeable to the naked eye.
Common places where aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels can be found on a watercraft and trailer.
DRAIN all water from the watercraft (e.g., motor, live well, bilge, ballast tanks, compartments) and water-related equipment (e.g., bait buckets). Pull drain plugs and open valves and/or operate pumps expel water. Leave boat plugs out when transporting watercraft over land – it is the law.
DRY completely (or decontaminate) water-related equipment prior to placing it into any other water body. Any hard-to-drain areas or compartments of the watercraft should be dried with a towel. Leav live wells, bait buckets and storage compartment doors open to allow for drying. If drying is not feasi
please see Schedule C of the AIS regulations under The Water Protection Act for decontamination options for water-related equipment.
DISPOSE of unwanted bait and worms in the trash, and dump bait bucket water on land. Bait, or the water in which they are held, may introduce diseases which can impact native fish and other aquatic Bait used in a control zone must be disposed of at the shore and cannot be used in any other water body. Refer to the Manitoba Anglers’ Guide for more information on bait use.
NOTE: If you are removing watercraft and/or water-related equipment from a Control Zone, the watercraft and water-related equipment must be decontaminated before it placed into another wa body.
A map of control zones in Manitoba can be found here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/waterstewardship/stopais/help/control_zone.pdf
Information on how to decontaminate a watercraft can be found here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/waterstewardship/stopais/help/decontamination.html
Watercraft Inspection Stations:
Remember it is also the law for all watercraft (e.g., power boats, canoes, kayaks) being transported overland to stop at Watercraft Inspection Stations when they are operating. The Watercraft Inspectio program’s schedule is updated weekly and can be found here: http://dev4.manweb.internal/conservation/waterstewardship/stopais/watercraft_inspectors.html
Removing a watercraft from a Zebra Mussel invaded water body for the season? What you need to know:
If you’re removing watercraft or water-related equipment from zebra mussel invaded waters (Lake Winnipeg, the Red River and Cedar Lake), you may need a Transportation Authorization. More information can be found here: http://dev4.manweb.internal/conservation/waterstewardship/stopais/transportation_authorization. ml
Requirements for water-related craft such as aircraft and ORVs:
In addition to watercraft, there are regulations also in place for water-related craft such as float plan and ORVs being used in water.
Information about the legal Aquatic Invasive Species requirements under The Water Protection Act c be found here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/waterstewardship/stopais/legislation.html and a copy of t
AIS regulations can be found here: http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/current/_pdf- regs.php?reg=173/2015
For more information on aquatic invasive species visit Manitoba.ca/StopAIS or call 1-877-867-2470
To download a copy of the above document click here: AIS Info for MWF