Prevention When Boating

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) is a severe disease of freshwater and marine fish recently found in the Great Lakes. It can be spread by infected fish, contaminated water sources or contaminated objects.
Preventing the further spread of the disease, and other aquatic invasive species, when boating involves a few basic steps.
Drain all water from vehicles and equipment before leaving the water source. This includes:
Boats, recreational watercraft, trailers, buckets
Motors, jet drives, live wells, boat hulls, canoes, kayaks, rafts, scuba tanks and regulators
Any boots, waders or other aquatic footwear
Remove all debris, mud, plants, and aquatic life from vehicles and equipment
Check the trailer, boat, anchor, props, ropes, bumpers, paddles
Do not move fish or plants from one body of water to another
Thoroughly clean and dry your boat and trailer before using them in a new body of water
If you are using a body of water known to be infected with VHS virus,
disinfect vehicles and equipment with:
Hot (>40°C/104°F) water
Salt water (1% solution for 24 hours)
Vinegar solution
Dip equipment into 100% vinegar for 20 minutes
Bleach/water solution.
Do not rinse bleach solutions into lakes or rivers