AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
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Fishing tournaments have the potential to spread aquatic invasive species (AIS) through both the movement of equipment between locations and the movement of the anglers themselves between events. Specifically, AIS such as zebra mussels, Hydrilla, diseases or pathogens, and AIS used as bait, can spread via tournaments.
By implementing best management practices (BMPs), tournament organizers can prevent the spread of AIS, protect natural resources, and help ensure the future of tournament fishing. Using a “Good-Better-Best” approach allows organizers to select their level of AIS prevention based upon available resources. Diligent record keeping in combination with use of the BMPs will document your commitment to AIS-free tournaments.