If you've spent time fishing in the Lower 48, you know that freshwater aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as New Zealand Mudsnails, Zebra Mussels, Atlantic Salmon, Northern Pike, Didymo and Whirling Disease have caused havoc for many rivers and lakes. Although Alaska seems isolated from the risks aquatic invasive species bring, Alaska's waters are in increasing danger as these aquatic hitchhikers are reported both within and near our waters.
Recent studies show that one angler carries about 17 grams of sediment on their wading boots and waders. That's one pound for every 26 anglers! Many of the aquatic species mentioned above can be transported via this sediment. If you think of the number of anglers that fish on places like the Kenai and Russian River, the Bristol Bay drainages and many other places that's a lot of sediment (and potentially unwanted species) moving around the state!
As an angler you can play a major role in preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in our prized fishing waters. Please take this simple, three step, clean angling pledge:
You can learn about aquatic invasive species, other ways to clean gear, and more at the following websites: