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Requirements & Law

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) may be microscopic and can be plants or animals. AIS have the potential to cause significant economic and ecologic harm to our waterways by competing with native and game species for space and food. Anglers, boaters, swimmers and others who contact this water can unknowingly spread AIS.

  • Do not move or release animals or plants to other waterways.
  • Dispose of unwanted fishing bait in the trash.
Clean Your Gear!
Before leaving this waterway, check for and remove any aquatic life (plants and animals), mud and other organic debris.
Clean Your Gear!Use the following AIS disinfection methods before using your gear or equipment at a new waterway:

Small Gear

  • For a minimum of 20 minutes, soak gear in hot water (120°-140° F) (may damage Gor-tex®) containing 1 cup of regular dish detergent per gallon of water OR freeze gear for at least 8 hours.
  • After cleaning or freezing, allow gear to dry for a minimum of 48 hours before next use.
  • Consider using your gear in only one waterway, thus eliminating the need to disinfect.

Boats and Heavy Equipment

  • Before leaving this waterway, drain water from boat, motor, bilges, bladder tanks, live bait wells, any other wet compartments and portable bait containers.
  • Use a steam spray unit to thoroughly clean all parts of the boat or heavy equipment (including all wet compartments such as the bilge, bait compartments and storage bunkers). If steam cleaning is not available, use a high pressure hot water sprayer. If these cleaning options are not available, put your boat through a hot water car wash.
  • Thoroughly spray all parts of a boat trailer and towing vehicle that contact the water.
  • Thoroughly flush the cooling system of all boat motors.
  • After cleaning, allow equipment to dry for at least 48 hours.
Areas of your boat to check

Bighead, silver and black carp are Asian carp* that are Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). It is unlawful to possess, introduce or import, transport, sell, purchase, offer for sale or barter these species in Pennsylvania. These species pose a significant threat to the biodiversity of native species and habitat, along with imposing safety risks to boaters.

Asian carp have had a devastating impact in the Mississippi River system and now pose this threat to the Great Lakes basin. As AIS species, these fish do not naturally occur in Pennsylvania waters and would only occur if transported and released.

These carp species are a threat due to there large size (some can grow to more than 100 pounds and five feet in length), reproductive success, habitat damage and large, year-round food consumption. In additon, silver carp, when startled, can jump up to 10 feet out of the water striking boaters, causing severe injury.

For more information and to report sightings or catches of these fish species and other AIS, visit PFBC’s AIS web page at:

*Grass carp are also known as Asian carp. Diploid grass carp are banned from stocking in Pennsylvania, but triploid (sterile) grass carp are allowed to be stocked in lakes and ponds with a PFBC-approved permit.

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has spread to other counties in the southeast portion of the Commonwealth. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods. It is also reducing the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.

If you are in the quarantine area, please “Look Before You Leave.” Inspecting your vehicles, trailers, or any outdoor items before you move around or out of the quarantine is important. If possible, don’t park in tree lines, and keep windows rolled up when you park your vehicle. Know the life stages of the insect and when to look for it.

For more information, www.agriculture. spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx.

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