Clean Boats - Clean Tournaments

Fishing tournaments have the potential to spread aquatic invasive species (AIS) through both the movement of equipment between locations and the movement of the anglers themselves between events. Specifically, AIS such as zebra mussels, Hydrilla, diseases or pathogens, and AIS used as bait, can spread via tournaments.

By implementing best management practices (BMPs), tournament organizers can prevent the spread of AIS, protect natural resources, and help ensure the future of tournament fishing. Using a “Good-Better-Best” approach allows organizers to select their level of AIS prevention based upon available resources. Diligent record keeping in combination with use of the BMPs will document your commitment to AIS-free tournaments.

How do anglers
spread AIS?

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Best Management Practices

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Pat Charlebois
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

Danielle Hilbrich
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Educator

Greg Hitzroth
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
University of Illinois
1101 W. Peabody Drive
374 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: 217.333.6444 | Fax: 217.333.8046
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