With another boating season just around the corner, Minnesota boaters and anglers need to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
While the rate of violations dropped in 2013, one in five boaters is still breaking the law, according to a newly published annual report from the Department of Natural Resources.
The invasive species violation rate dropped to 20 percent last year from 31 percent in 2012. The rate is the proportion of people who were issued citations at roadside check stations set up by DNR conservation officers.
Boaters and anglers are legally required to clean boats and equipment and drain all water to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
This year, the DNR will increase efforts to ensure boaters follow the AIS laws......