Fines Double, Enforcement Ramped Up For Aquatic Invasive Species Laws in MN

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Fines Double, Enforcement Ramped Up For Aquatic Invasive Species Laws in MN

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM CST

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - If you're an angler or simply enjoy a boat ride in Minnesota, you'll want to be aware that fines for violating aquatic invasive species laws in Minnesota will be doubling starting Sunday.

The Minnesota DNR will also ramp up inspections of boats and kick off an educational campaign to teach recreationists how to clean and drain their boats.

Twenty-three decontamination units will also be placed around the state, mainly at high-use lakes contaminated with invasive species, such as zebra mussels.

"You can expect if a person gets a ticket, say, for 50 bucks in the past, now it's going to be 100 bucks. Their goal here is stop or help stop aquatic invasive species spread," said Michael Scott, a Minnesota Conservation Officer.

It's a multi-step process to make sure your watercraft is invasive species free.

People must remove aquatic plants and animals, drain all water and leave all drain plugs open during transport.

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