Protect Your Maryland Waters — Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasives!
Non-native invasive species can aggressively colonize our waters and push out native populations. This has negative impacts on water resources, fisheries, habitat, recreation, and commerce. Here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of these harmful species in your waters.
- Remove aquatic plants, debris, and mud from boat, motor, trailer, and fishing equipment before launching and after take out; place in trash.
- Never Release unwanted aquatic pets or dump aquaria into or near Maryland waters. Destroy any plants and humanely destroy aquatic animals.
- Drain water onto the ground from boat motors, live wells, bilge, bait buckets and coolers after use and before accessing another water body.
- Dispose of unused bait far from water or in trash.
- Rinse boat, motor, trailer, live wells, bait buckets, coolers, SCUBA gear, waders, and boots with hot or high pressure water.
Call 1-877-620-8DNR if you find a suspected invasive species. Keep and freeze any specimens and take lots of photos! For additional information, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/invasives.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources laws and regulations prohibit releasing invasive plant and animal species into the non-tidal waters of the State.
All information provided by Maryland DNR
Natural Resources Police | Safety Education Section | 305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 1 | Stevensville, MD 21666
410-643-8502 | Toll Free 877-620-8367 | DNR.MARYLAND.GOV