Mercury Marine is teaming up with three television partners to educate boaters about how to prevent the spread of invasive species.
The initiative is part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 22-28) across the country.
The videos showcase Capt. Mike Genoun of Florida Sport Fishing, Peter Miller of Bass2Billfish and Scott Glorvigen of Wired2Fish and examine a variety of circumstances relative to invasive species for which boaters need to be cognizant.
“The process is easy; clean, drain and dry your boat and equipment after each use,” Glorvigen said in a statement. “Make sure that your live wells, bait wells, bilge pumps and aerators are completely drained and clear all vegetation on your boat.”
The Weed Science Society of America says non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and affect the nation's economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the United States an estimated $34.7 billion a year.
“Aquatic invasive species is an issue that continues to be problematic in the marine industry,” said Lee Gordon, Mercury Marine director of public relations. “We are doing everything we can to help educate our customers on the dangers of invasive species and will continue to advocate lawmakers to appropriate money toward research and education of AIS. Invasive species can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem and is detrimental to fishing, boating and the tourism industry.”
Additional information about how boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species can be found on the website of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and through educational documents the NMMA provides.