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New Michigan Boating Law to prevent introduction of invasive species

A new Michigan Boating Law that aims to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic plants and animals goes into effect on March 21, 2019. An amendment to the state Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994, the new law prohibits: the launch or transport of watercraft and trailers with aquatic plants attached; the transport of watercraft without draining all water from bilges, ballast and live wells; and the release of unused bait into the water. Violation of the law is a state civil infraction, subject to fines. This law encourages boat washing and thorough inspection of all kinds and sizes of water craft.

For the full text of the law CLICK HERE