Although using live bait is a great way to catch a fish, it can also be a source of aquatic invasive species (AIS) introductions. When invertebrates and other live bait brought into the Commonwealth are released to the environment. Perhaps of greater concern is the introduction of organisms that are unintentionally brought in with the packing material used to transport bait.
What you can do:
Prevention and education efforts for the bait industry and recreational fishers include:
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) - Information and training sessions supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Texas - Arlington.
- Massachusetts Aquatic Invasives Species Management Plan
If you have specific questions about the bait industry/recreational fishing and AIS, please contact us.