Remember to practice: Clean, Drain, Dry
If you are:
- Returning home from out of province
- Visiting from out of province
- Moving between waters within Saskatchewan
Please follow these important steps to help protect Saskatchewan waters from invasive species:
Clean and inspect the watercraft, trailer, equipment and all gear that made contact with the water.
- Remove all visible plants, animals and mud. Scrub/scrape grainy surfaces that feel like sandpaper, as this could be young mussels too small to see.
- Wash, scrub or rinse using high pressure, hot tap water preferably 50° C (120° F) – away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.
- Inspect the watercraft, trailer and vehicle.
Drain all on-board water from the motor, livewell, bilge and ballast tanks.
- Flush with hot tap water away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.
- Leave plugs out during transport and tilt watercraft when stored to allow the bilge to both drain and dry.
Dry your watercraft, equipment and all related gear completely, preferably for at least five days while leaving compartments open to dry.
Remember to dispose of all unwanted bait in the trash. Never release leftover leeches, aquarium pets, plants or water into our lakes, rivers or wetlands.
AIS boat decontamination
Saskatchewan has seven mobile watercraft decontamination units to support its AIS inspection and decontamination program. Five units will be deployed at fixed points along the Manitoba and U.S. borders, with the remainder strategically placed throughout the province.