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GLIN==> News Release - Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat Video



                              MN SEA GRANT
                              NEWS RELEASE
DATE: April 10, 2000                               CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov
                                                           (218) 726-7677

                        Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat

Exotics like zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and hydrilla are just a few 
aquatic nuisance species that watercraft users can spread if they’re not 
careful. "Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat" shows the simple steps boaters across 
North America can take to prevent the spread of these nasty plants and animals. 

Featuring John Ratzenberger (a.k.a. Cliff Clavin from the TV show "Cheers") with
his likable know-it-all style, this humorous video leaves boaters informed and 
motivated to take a couple extra minutes to clean their boat, sailboat, or 
personal watercraft at the end of a day on the water. 

Studies have shown that boaters will take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic
nuisance species if they are provided with the information.  This 11-minute 
video is part of education efforts conducted by many agencies in the United 
States and Canada.  The information it presents is based on voluntary prevention
guidelines developed by the Recreation Activities Committee of the federal 
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and recommendations approved by the U.S. 
Coast Guard.

Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat highlights 5 simple steps boaters should take with
their equipment.

Before launching into or leaving any waterbody:

REMOVE all plants and animals
DRAIN lake or river water
DISPOSE of unwanted live bait on shore
RINSE your boat and equipment with high pressure hot water, 
especially if moored for more than a day
DRY everything for at least 5 days

Who is it for?

- Both marine and freshwater boaters 
- Personal watercraft users 
- Sailboaters  

The video is designed to be shown at visitor centers, environmental learning 
centers, boating retail outlets, and at boater training sessions.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program produced this video with major 
support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard, SeaLand 
Technology, Inc., Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of 
California Sea Grant Program, and the Washington Department of Fish and 
Wildlife. 

Single copies are available from Minnesota Sea Grant for $10.  Bulk quantities 
(10 or more) cost $8 per video.  To order, call (218) 726-6191 or via e-mail at 
seagr@d.umn.edu.

Minnesota Sea Grant is a federally and state funded program that supports 
research and public education programs related to Lake Superior and Minnesota's 
inland waters.
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