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DNR educates boaters on aquatic invasive species prevention

Minnesota's DNR is conducting a education campaign on aquatic invasive species throughout the week.

Even on a cloudy day at Gray's Bay to start a holiday week, Aaron Anderson is getting an early jump on fishing with his kids.

"I love to do it and they love to do it," said Anderson.

He also may teach them about aquatic invasive species.

"I run into it when I fish too and I pull up weeds and there's zebra mussels," said Anderson.

A good lesson as the DNR fights to prevent the spread.

"Zebra Mussels, Starry Stonewort. They change food web interactions. They change the structure of the lake," said Adam Doll with the DNR.

He says for the first time, all Great Lakes states are involved in an aquatic species education holiday campaign.

Monday crews were out inspecting and cleaning boats. They were also making sure boaters follow state law.

"Clean your boats. Inspect it. Remove any plants, animals, mud, water, anything like that to minimize our potential risk of moving something
around from one lake to another," said Doll.

He says boaters should also dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

Doll says the campaign lasts until July 7th.

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