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Wednesday, January 31 • 9:00am - 9:20am
SYMPOSIA-13: Adapting Existing Methods to Reach Waterfowl Hunters with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Message

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AUTHORS. Tim Campbell, University of Wisconsin Extension, Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin Sea Grant; Jeanne Scherer UWEX, WDNR; Jenny Seifert UWEX, WDNR

ABSTRACT. Recreational boaters are the primary vector of secondary spread for aquatic invasive species. Outreach programs (e.g Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers) designed to educate boaters on what they can do to prevent the spread of invasive species (e.g. Clean, Drain Dry) have been very effective at raising awareness and inspiring boaters to take action. Evaluation efforts indicate that recreational boaters have high awareness of aquatic invasive species issues and high compliance with invasive species laws.However, many of these outreach programs are designed to reach boaters from Memorial Day to Labor Day. One segment of boaters, waterfowl hunters, use their watercraft outside of that window and hunters that only use their boat during that time of year may not have been exposed to the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! message.  By adapting existing outreach methods, the Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species partnership has reached thousands of hunters through print media and by in-person contacts. Initial results suggest that waterfowl hunters welcome the one-on-one contact at their water access point and that the interactions were valuable for learning how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. However, additional training and planning is needed to help them be successful in their outreach efforts since the needs of waterfowl hunters are different than the standard recreational boater.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am CST
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