|The Gear Shower|
The folks from the Clean Angling Coalition sent this to me and I thought I would share it. Aquatic invasive species cause both economic and ecological damage in waters around the world. Invasive species continue to spread to new waters despite general awareness about them. This is likely because many people don’t know what actions to take or how to help. The most effective way to prevent the spread of invasives is to Inspect, Clean and Dry all gear.
Press Release for the Gear Shower:
The Waterworks/Lamson praised for new product in fight against invasive species
February 3, 2011 – Livingston, MT. Cleaning gear is one of the best tools we have in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Recently the Waterworks/Lamson, an innovative fly fishing company, released the Gear Shower™ which helps anglers clean their gear stream-side after a day on the water. The Waterworks/Lamson is an active partner in the Clean Angling Coalition an effort that works to promote Inspect, Clean and Dry practices to prevent the spread of invasive species.
“We are happy to offer a product to anglers that makes cleaning a simple part of each fishing day,” says Ryan Harrison President of the Waterworks/Lamson.
The spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) from one body of water to another is a serious and growing ecological problem. Once an invasive species is established in new water, it can be impossible to eliminate. The method recommended by experts is to rinse gear after fishing at the take-out so that the AIS are not transported away from the site. And that’s where the Gear Shower™ can play a positive role. Fill the Gear Shower™ with tap water from home and use it to rinse away all visible material from gear at the take-out.
“We are thrilled to see this kind of product innovation and availability for anglers,” praises Leah Elwell Program Director of the Clean Angling Coalition. “The Gear Shower™ is a positive way to help engage anglers in the fight against invasive species.”
The Gear Shower™ is very easy to use: lower a vehicle window an inch or more and hang the shower. Tap water gravity-fed flows through a shower head with on/off switch, allowing for the 2.2 gallon capacity to clean boots, waders and other gear. Gear Shower™ retails for $49.95 and one dollar from each sale of Gear Shower™ will go to support the Clean Angling Coalition in their efforts to promote clean angling practices.
To learn more about the Clean Angling Coalition and best cleaning practices visit their website here.