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    Subdivision 1. Launching prohibited. A person may not place or attempt to place into waters
of the state a watercraft, a trailer, or plant harvesting equipment that has aquatic macrophytes,
zebra mussels, or prohibited invasive species attached except as provided in this section.
    Subd. 2. Exceptions. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, a person may place into the waters
of the state a watercraft or trailer with aquatic macrophytes:
(1) that are duckweeds in the family Lemnaceae;
(2) for purposes of shooting or observation blinds in amounts sufficient for that purpose, if
the aquatic macrophytes are emergent and cut above the waterline;
(3) that are wild rice harvested under section 84.091; or
(4) in the form of fragments of emergent aquatic macrophytes incidentally transported in or
on watercraft or decoys used for waterfowl hunting during the waterfowl season.
    Subd. 3. Removal and confinement. A conservation officer or other licensed peace officer
may order:
(1) the removal of aquatic macrophytes or prohibited invasive species from a trailer or
watercraft before it is placed into waters of the state;
(2) confinement of the watercraft at a mooring, dock, or other location until the watercraft is
removed from the water; and
(3) removal of a watercraft from waters of the state to remove prohibited invasive species if
the water has not been designated by the commissioner as being infested with that species.
History: 1996 c 385 art 1 s 10; 1999 c 92 s 7; 2004 c 243 s 27,28

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