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Draining Campaign Poster

Draining Campaign Poster

Contact information
For information on Lakes in Wisconsin, contact:
Wisconsin DNR Lakes
Division of Water
Bureau of Water Quality
Aquatic Invasive Species Contacts

Draining Campaign 2015

Research by the Department and other members of the AIS Partnership has shown that Wisconsin’s AIS laws against the transport of water and live fish are not well understood and practiced by the angling community. To help anglers protect their lakes and fisheries, the 2015 Draining Campaign is a set of education materials, outreach events and media designed to help anglers remember to drain their livewells and buckets before leaving the landing. The campaign recommends ice as a safe and legal alternative to keep fish fresh during transport.

Initiated by AIS County Coordinators in Vilas and Oneida counties in 2012, the Draining Campaign is intended as a supplemental campaign to the AIS Partnership’s primary message of 4 prevention steps: Inspect, Remove, Drain and Never Move live fish. This targeted effort will help “fill in the gaps” following years of success in raising general awareness and compliance.

For more information, contact AIS Education Specialist Christal Campbell at Christal.Campbell@Wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-0061.

Joe Bucher Kyle Cherek

Pro angler Joe Bucher [exit DNR] and Wisconsin Foodie chef and host Kyle Cherek [exit DNR] are teaming up with the state to help raise awareness among anglers that draining livewells and buckets containing their catch can stop the spread of invasive species to more lakes and rivers.

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