BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As fishing and boating seasons ramp up across the country, Wildlife Forever, B.A.S.S. and leading conservation groups have proclaimed Saturday, May 15, 2021 as National Clean Drain Dry Day. Supporting organizations have signed a Conservation Proclamation to highlight the importance of invasive species awareness when boating and angling.
During the pandemic, millions of new boaters and anglers purchased boats, fishing licenses and equipment, in search of safe outdoor activities. Educating this new audience about invasive species and the Clean Drain Dry conservation practices is important for protecting both natural resources and future of outdoor recreation. Invasive species are preventable; their spread can be slowed by giving every craft a thorough inspection before and after entering a waterbody.
“Fishing and boating season is in full swing,” said Gene Gilliland, B.A.S.S. Conservation Director. “It is a time to enjoy America’s great outdoors. However, we must be mindful about invasive species. Clean Drain Dry Day is about reminding boaters and anglers they are the front line in preventing invasive species infestations. Everyone needs to do their part to Clean Drain Dry, all boats, every time.”
Fishing and boating generate 300 billion dollars to state and local economies where revenues are used to fund habitat restoration, stocking, and other conservation efforts. Invasive species pose a direct threat to local economies and natural resources by reducing biodiversity, water quality and impeding access for recreation. The National Conservation Proclamation and Clean Drain Dry Day is a moment to remind all recreational users of the simple steps to help prevent invasive species spread.
“I want thank B.A.S.S. for their commitment to join us in supporting this national day of invasive species awareness. A unified voice is always stronger, and I look forward to working more closely with our industry and community stakeholders,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.
Organizations supporting May 15 as National Clean Drain Dry Day include American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Boat US Foundation, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Yamaha Rightwaters and a variety of state and local agencies such as North Dakota Game and Fish, Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Maine B.A.S.S. Nation and Michigan B.A.S.S Nation.
Clean Drain Dry Day also kicks off National Invasive Species Awareness Week with activities planned across the country. Contact your local organizations to organize activities such as: public awareness events, invasive species removal projects, or meetings with elected officials to engage them on how they can help better protect local communities from invasive species.
View the Conservation Proclamation here: https://www.wildlifeforever.org/2021/05/11/national-clean-drain-dry-day-may-15th/