Invasive-species boating bill advances

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 28, 2012 - 3:14 PM

Proposal calls for inspection stations, tougher fines and required training. Senate could call for vote this weekend.

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mjphelpsApr. 28, 12 8:11 AM

I'm glad the bill is moving forward, but, the fines should be higher than $100 and $200 for bringing invasive plants or animal species into a "clean" lake. Not having the trailer sticker receives just a warning?! The damage is irreversible. Take their boat, trailer and vehicle, just like the consequence for poaching.

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fishanhunt2May. 1, 12 7:03 AM

Another feel good law passed that in the end will do little or nothing to stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species, or as our DNR likes to call them, Aquatic Invasive Species. ANS are here to stay. Harassing boaters with fines and warnings will do little other than serve as an annoyance and a hinderence to MN. residents recreational activity. Has the question of out of state boaters been addressed? These useless laws will discourage an already ailing tourism industry in our state. Oh well, at least for the legislators and the DNR these laws make it look like they are doing something to stop ANS/AIS. Shut the gate if you want, but the horses have already gotten out and we aren't going to catch them.

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Mudder_13May. 2, 12 3:34 PM

Well at least the lake will be quieter if they pass this AIS boating bill. It will take hours for people to leave the boat ramps fearful if they have missed a little leaf caught between the boat and trailer it will cost them their rent or grocery money. So only the rich will go boating and transport AIS inside the cooing system of their engines and drive systems that cannot be easily drained at the ramp. Get ready for this for our next generation. "Grandpa can we go fishing? Sorry kid we can't afford the risk!"

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Mudder_13May. 2, 12 3:37 PM

Mean while, the big ships in Duluth harbor bring in more AIS in their ballast tanks that go unchecked.

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