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summer water safety

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Failure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said safety begins with wearing a personal flotation device, and knowing what’s below the surface of the water.

“Water recreationists need to be alert and safe,” Boldt said. “Swimmers need to know the water’s depth, as serious injuries can occur from diving into water. Large objects hidden below the water’s surface can lead to significant injury.”Safety on the water-wearing life jacket

North Dakota law requires all children ages 10 and younger to wear a personal flotation device while in boats of less than 27 feet in length. The law also requires all personal watercraft users to wear a life jacket, as well as anyone towed on skis, tubes, boards or other similar devices.

Water users should make sure to wear life jackets that are the appropriate size, and in good condition. It is also important that children wear a PFD while swimming.

Water skiers and tubers should wear a life jacket with four nylon straps rather than one with a zipper, because straps are stronger than zippers upon impact with water. Anglers or persons paddling a canoe should opt for a PFD that is comfortable enough to wear for an entire outing.

Water skiers and tubers are reminded it takes three to ski and tube. When a person is towed on water skis or a similar device, an observer other than the operator is required on the vessel.

North Dakota boaters also are reminded that marine VHF radios are an important part of boat safety that should not be improperly used by operators. These radios are intended for boat operators who are in distress and facing an emergency situation.

Regulations to help ensure safe boating this summer are found in the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide. A more comprehensive listing is available in theNorth Dakota Boat and Water Safety Guide or the Boat North Dakota education book. These guides are available online at the Game and Fish website,gf.nd.gov, by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or at a local Game and Fish Department office.

it’s not just ‘sea weed’

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Your boat, trailer, jet ski, live wells and anything that goes into and comes back out of the waterway’s just might be moving the next zebra mussels. And while I understand nobody would intentionally move zebra mussels, the fact is by NOT checking your equipment over the future of the lakes you love are in jeopardy. It used to be just shrugged off as sea weed, that’s not the case anymore. This Memorial Day weekend take a few minutes and make sure you are not the cause. 

Anglers Reminded of ANS Regulations
North Dakota anglers are reminded of regulations intended to reduce the risk of aquatic nuisance species transfer between water bodies.
Current law states that no aquatic vegetation, or parts thereof, shall be in or on watercraft, motors, trailers and recreational equipment when out of water. Time out of the water needed to remove aquatic vegetation at the immediate water access area (boat ramp) is allowed.
All built-in structures to boats, including livewells and bait compartments, and containers (bait buckets) used to transport legal live bait, must also be free of aquatic vegetation.
In addition, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has submitted a proposal that will require water in all livewells and baitwells to be drained prior to leaving a water body. This means that fish, including bait, may no longer be transported in a livewell containing water. Transportation of fish in or on ice will be allowed. If approved, this rule would likely become effective Oct. 1. However, the Game and Fish Department encourages anglers to implement this practice immediately.


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