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ALBANY — Boaters in New York are being asked to clean and drain their watercraft before putting them in the water in an effort to stop the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently adopted new regulations requiring boat owners to remove all visible plant and animal material from their boats or canoes before launching. Boaters are also asked to clean their trailers.

Agency Commissioner Joe Martens said boats and boat trailers are a common means of spreading invasive species which pose a threat to the natural ecosystem.

Before launching, boaters are asked to visually inspect their boat and trailer and remove all mud, plants or other organic material and drain the boat’s bilge.

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