Tester pledges to protect Montana fishing by fighting invasive species

Senator says pledge is a responsible step in keeping Montana waters clean

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today pledged to do his part in protecting Montana’s world-famous lakes, rivers and streams from invasive species.

Tester, chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, signed a clean angling pledge to “inspect, clean and dry” all fishing equipment after every use to reduce the spread of invasive species in Montana.

Tester’s pledge is part of National Invasive Species Awareness week, which runs through March 3. 

The Clean Angling Pledge is sponsored by the Invasive Species Action Network—an organization committed to educating anglers about the consequences of invasive species like the quagga mussel.

Invasive creatures spread from place to place by attaching to boots, clothing, boats and other fishing equipment. They can devastate native fish populations, prevent navigation and even ruin infrastructure to the tune of millions of dollars every year. Preventing the spread of invasive species can be as easy as cleaning and drying fishing equipment.

“These species degrade Montana’s valued lands and waterways that support our quality of life and our outdoor economy,” Tester said. “This pledge is an important step to stop the spread of invasive species so that we can pass down our outdoor heritage to our kids and grandkids.”

Bob Wiltshire, executive director of the Invasive Species Action Network, praised Tester for his commitment to fishing issues.

“Senator Tester’s pledge brings much-needed attention to an important issue,” said Wiltshire. “With millions being spent every year to curb the spread of invasive species, Senator Tester’s message of personal responsibility can go a long way towards improving the health of our waterways.”