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Tougher Invasive Species Laws Mean Higher Fines

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Jul 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - Fines for violating Minnesota's aquatic invasive species laws doubled yesterday when tougher laws went into effect.

Minnesota law prohibits the possession or transport of any aquatic invasive species, including zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterfleas.

The Department of Natural Resources says the violation rate among Minnesota boaters and anglers is at an unacceptable 20 percent.

Failure to remove a drain plug while transporting a watercraft will mean a $100 fine instead of a $50. The fine for unlawfully possessing and transporting prohibited species will jump from $250 to $500.

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