The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website this month! The intention of the new website is to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide, invasive aquatic species rules.
GFP partnered with BIT to design and implement the new SD Least Wanted website. BIT worked with communications staff of GFP to create the site using responsive web design so it will allow users to easily use it on any smartphone or tablet device. SD Least Wanted allows users to access information on: new laws and regulations; species information, including locations; boat washing techniques; maps; how to report an invasive species; news; a media gallery; easy access to social networking platforms; and other frequently asked questions.
You can check out the new site at http://sdleastwanted.com/.
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The below press release was released by GFP to inform the public of the new website they launched along with a new hashtag campaign #sdleastwanted.
New Aquatic Invasive Species Website Launches
PIERRE, S.D. –With spring well underway, so is this year’s fishing season. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website today to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide aquatic invasive species rules; expected to take effect the middle of May.
"In an effort to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota, anglers and boaters, residents and nonresidents, will soon be required to change their old ways of transporting bait and fish and comply with newly established regulations,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “With that, we have launched a new website that serves as the hub of all information related to aquatic invasive species in our state.”
The website, http://sdleastwanted.com/, features information on the new laws and regulations; species information related to zebra and quagga mussels, Asian carp and invasive plants; boat washing techniques and locations; a map depicting water bodies and any invasive species it may contain; frequently asked questions related to the new laws; how to report an invasive species; a news section; and a media gallery with images and videos. The website is also designed to be responsive; meaning that it will render on any smartphone or tablet device in an effort to meet the growing needs of digital customers.
In addition to this website, a new hashtag campaign called #sdleastwanted has also been implemented allowing anglers and boaters, along with their friends and family, an opportunity to share what they are doing to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota. Digital users can share their images using #sdleastwanted via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New laws will require boaters and anglers to:
1. Clean all vegetation and aquatic invasive species from a boat, trailer or other watercraft.
2. Open or remove all drain plugs or similar devices; except when in the boat ramp parking lot or when the boat is being launched or loaded. A boat may have these devices closed or in place while in route to a fish cleaning station immediately adjacent to where the boat was loaded, but they must be opened or removed before leaving the fish cleaning station.
3. Not transport bait or fish in water taken from a lake, river or stream. Bait may be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream only while in route to a fish cleaning station located immediately adjacent to the lake, river or stream, but must be drained prior to leaving the fish cleaning station.
“Fishing, boating and other outdoor recreational activities are deeply engrained in the culture of this state. If each of us takes responsibility to do what we can to protect our resources today, these outdoor activities will continue to be enjoyed by future generations for years to come. Many thanks to South Dakota’s anglers and boaters for their patience and cooperation with the implementation of these new regulations,” concluded Hepler.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will continue to keep anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts informed as to the exact date of when the new laws take effect.
For more information on aquatic invasive species and how to help slow their spread in South Dakota water bodies, please visit http://sdleastwanted.com/.