aquatic invasive species

Webinar Recording - Fishing Tournaments and AIS - New Program Lowers Risk

Fishing Tournments are a high use event, and represent a risk for the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Rima Smith Keprios, the Cass County AIS Coordinator for Cass County and Eric Bakke, tournament director of Minnesota's largest fishing event, the Frank J. Schneider Memorial Muskie Tournament, have put together a program that meets the needs of tournament organizers and significantly lowers the risk of AIS spread during the event.

This tournament is Muskie Inc.'s oldest tournament, 40 years old, and includes over 500 fishermen on 20 lakes in Minnesota. It is large and complex - the perfect situation to try a pilot project. MLR is hosting a webinar featuring both RIma and Erik so that their innovative program can serve as a template for other local efforts.

View The Recording of the Webinar Here

Help! We’re Surrounded! A Park Rapids Community AIS Event March 20 from 7-8:30 PM

MLR Executive Director Jeff Forester will present at Riverside United Methodist Church which will host a 90 minute 2017 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention event on March 20th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 North, Park Rapids, MN Phone:  218-732-5205


2016 Aquatic Invaders Summit Highlights Energy and Commitment

Over 350 people from across Minnesota registered for the Aquatic Invaders Summit. The energy and commitment of attendees was impressive and generated well founded hope moving forward. The need to build AIS programs using a broad based partnership between local professional resource managers, local policy makers, resorts, angling groups, lake associations, businesses and the faith community emerged as a Best Management Practice in AIS and other water efforts.

Update on AIS Innovation Grants

In 2014 MLR and MN COLA urged the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, LSOHC to reccommend to the the Minnesota Legislature that part of the money raised by the 3.8ths of a cent sales tax approved by MN voters in 2008 (The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment) be used to protect aquatic habitats from aquatic invasive species, AIS.  The LSOHC suggested that the MN Legislature create a "AIS Innovation Grant" of about $4.5 million to be administered by the Initiative Foundation. The Legislature approved this appropriation in 2014.

Here is a link to the update recently provided by the Intitiative Foundation. This grant has an open application process and uch of the funding is still available.  You can learn more about how to apply for this funding at

Local approach to fighting aquatic species best bet for Minnesota lakes, $12B tourism economy

Minneapolis Start Tribune, May 10, 2015, by Jeff Forester

This weekend’s fishing opener was a good reminder of the serious economic consequences and new realities surrounding the threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS) to our waters and to ­Minnesota’s $11.6 billion ­tourist industry.

Gov. Dayton Declares May 9th Clean Drain Dry Day

Spring has sprung in Minnesota and the water temperatures are coming up quickly. It should be a great fishing opener, with the highest chances of rain in the southern half of the state - and no snow in the forecast.

This year Governor Mark Dayton has declared May 9th, the opening day of walleye fishing in Minnesota, and an undeclared official holiday in the state, "Clean Drain Dry" day in an effort to raise awareness of Aquatic Invasive Species prevention.