How to Prevent Didymo Spread


Recommendations from West Virginia DNR to combat the spread of the invasive algae didymo:

· Before leaving a stream, scrub mud and debris off of boots and fishing gear.

· Disinfect boots and equipment by scrubbing or soaking in 5 percent salt solution (2 cups of salt in 2.5 gallons of water) for one minute and then let dry completely. You may also scrub equipment with dishwashing detergent and rinse well.

· Allowing equipment to completely dry for at least 48 hours will also kill Didymo, but realize that felt bottoms of boots may require longer drying times.

· Soak items in very hot water (140° F).


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