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.