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14 | Boating Safety Info: 402-471-5462 AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES Invasive zebra mussels REGATTAS AND RACES Game and Parks authorization must be obtained for all regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades, tournaments or exhibitions on any waters of this state. Also: • The person in charge of such event shall obtain permission by filing an application with Game and Parks at least 30 days before the event. The application should indicate the date, time and location of the event. • Motorboats competing in special events may use cutouts during a period not to exceed 48 hours immediately preceding such regatta or race and a period not to exceed 48 hours immediately following such event. • Motorboats do not have to carry bells, whistles or fire extinguishers while racing. • Forms may be downloaded from AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM Aquatic Invasive Species Fees collected from boaters fund the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program in Nebraska. These fees pay for programs to educate the public about AIS, prevention efforts to keep AIS from being introduced into Nebraska, such as monitoring waters across the state, inspection and decontamination of conveyances, treatment for AIS populations, and other AIS projects as needed. AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION Aquatic Invasive Species – Any waterborne, non-native organism that threatens the diversity or abundance of native species, the ecological stability of impacted waters, or commercial, agricultural, aquacultural or recreational activities. Impact – Invasive species may cause significant ecological problems because they have been introduced into habitat in which there are no natural pathogens, parasites or predators. Lack of these natural controls may allow a nuisance species to grow exponentially in new habitat. Introduced nuisance species may prey upon or compete with native species and could transmit diseases to native species. Preventive Steps – Anglers and boaters should take precautions to prevent the introduction or spread of invasive species. This is especially important to boaters who travel to waters that have invasive species not present in any Nebraska waters. Want More Information? To learn more about AIS, visit:

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