New Requirements for Michigan Boaters and Anglers to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994) Part 413 has recently been amended with changes for boaters and anglers that take effect March 21st, 2019.
The changes are intended to strengthen protection for Michigan waterways against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.
Prior to the amended changes, the law only required that a person not place watercraft or trailers in the waters of Michigan if an aquatic plant is attached. In addition to this requirement, the new changes require all of the following prior to transporting any watercraft over land:
This means that after trailering boats, and before getting on the road, boaters must pull plugs, drain water, and remove plants and other debris. Additionally, the new amended law also incorporates requirements from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Order 245 that will also help to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species as well as fish diseases:
Violation of the law is a state civil infraction and violators may be subject to fines up to $100.
To comply with the law and prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, boaters should:
Please click on the link, below, to see the DEQ’s 2-sided card introducing this new state law and what it means to you: