The Government of Saskatchewan wants to remind boaters before the long weekend to stop at all provincial watercraft inspection stations to help prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into Saskatchewan waters. While travelling across provincial and international borders, look for inspection stations along highways and near water bodies.
A release from the Government of Saskatchewan, states that watercraft inspection is mandatory, even if you are passing through.
“We work with neighbouring provinces, states and the Canada Border Services Agency to coordinate inspection efforts. So far, Saskatchewan has been successful in preventing the introduction and establishment of AIS,” stated the release.
Inspections are required for more than just boats, it also includes paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and jet skis.
“Before returning home from out of province, coming to visit or moving between waters within the province, make sure to follow the clean, drain, dry guidelines for your watercraft and all related equipment. To ensure your watercraft is free of invasive species and make the inspection process go quickly.”
The release reminds residents to:
- Clean: remove plants, animals and mud from trailers, hulls, motors and fishing equipment using high-pressure, hot tap water.
- Drain: drain all water (including bilges and live wells) and flush with hot tap water.
- Dry: allow all equipment to dry completely, ideally five days before travel, while leaving compartments open to dry.
- Pull the plug: leave plugs out during transport and tilt watercraft when stored to allow the bilge to both drain and dry. It is mandatory to remove all watercraft drain plugs while in transit.
If you purchase an out-of-province watercraft in the fall when inspection stations are closed, you need to dry dock the watercraft for the winter, stated the Government, as aquatic invasive species are unlikely to survive the Saskatchewan cold.
“Let's keep Saskatchewan free of AIS. Have your watercraft inspected and protect Saskatchewan waters!”