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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:22pm
New Mexico (KDBC) — The Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks Memorial Day Weekend to inspect boats and related equipment for aquatic invasive species at popular reservoirs.
Officers will contact boaters and ensure that vessels and gear are invasive-species free.
Aquatic invasive species include zebra and quagga mussels, which occur in water bodies in states adjacent to New Mexico.
There are no known infested waters in New Mexico.
These devastating organisms are carried from place to place on boat trailers and boats.
They attach to any hard surface and can live out of water for weeks at a time.
The mussels reproduce rapidly, causing irreversible environmental damage and can seriously damage boat engines by clogging engine cooling systems, causing motors to overheat. The costs of dealing with an infested water body can be significant.
To stop aquatic hitchhikers, the best safety practice is: “Clean. Drain. Dry. Every time.”
For information about aquatic invasive species, please visit: www.wildlife.state.nm.us and click on the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers logo in the Issues and Answers section.