SPORT ANGLERS PROHIBITED FROM USING FELT SOLES IN FRESH WATERS OF ALASKA
Anglers are reminded that effective January 1, 2012, footgear with
absorbent felt or other fibrous material on the soles are prohibited while
sport fishing in the fresh waters of Alaska. The regulation was adopted by
the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2010, to reduce the potential for
introduction and spread of invasive organisms, including plants, into
Alaska waters. Invasive organisms spread by contaminated waders and other
gear, can threaten resident fish stocks and important fish habitat.
Wading boots are not the only means of transporting invasive species; all
fishing, boating, or recreational equipment exposed to aquatic invasive
species are potential carriers.
To reduce the chance of introducing invasive species, anglers should:
CLEAN - Rinse and remove any mud, sediment, and/or plant debris from all
gear, boats, and boat trailers, floatplane rudders and floats, and anything
that comes into contact with the water. Separate all pieces of wading
footgear and waders (remove liners, etc.) to check for and remove visible
mud, sediment and/or plant debris before leaving the area. Use a stiff
bristle brush to clean all fishing gear.
DRAIN - Empty all water from coolers, bilge pumps, buckets, and wring out
gear before leaving the boat launch or fishing areas.
DRY - Completely dry gear between systems or trips.
DECONTAMINATE - If drying is not possible, either freeze gear until solid
or wash gear in water heated to 130F. If drying, freezing or heating
gear is not feasible, use a 2 percent bleach solution to clean gear away
from fresh water recreation sites. Spray or rinse gear for one minute. A 2
percent bleach solution can be made easily by mixing 2.5 oz. of chlorine
bleach with tap water to make 1 gallon of solution. NOTE: Bleach solutions
may degrade gear made of absorbent materials. Please rinse gear on land,
away from fresh water fishing areas and dispose of disinfectants as
indicated on the label.
PLEASE REPORT INVASIVE SPECIES BY CALLING: 1-877-INVASIV
For more information on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
into Alaska’s waters, please visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game