In Vermont, Felt Soled Waders are Banned

Posted by admin On June - 16 - 2011

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department continues to do their job and update everyone to let them know that boots or waders with felt in the soles are not welcome in the water this year as trout fishing is coming up.

This new law was enacted by the Vermont legislature to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species such as the whirling disease from fish and didymo which is a small algae also known as ‘rock snot.’

This type of didymo has been found recently in many locations throughout Canada, the US, and even further around the world. It is normally native to the northern parts of Europe, North America, and Asia. In some of the more recent areas, the didymo has spread so much that it is many inches thick on the bottom of the water floors.

A lot of times this dense didymo can actually change the communities of insects and the population of algae in streams. The insect populations in these streams are what feed the trout for the seasons. The decline in these insects can initially mean a decline in trout wherever the didymo plants are found.

Of course, the correlation between the presence of having the didymo in the waters and the decline in trout have yet to be proven. They still feel it is important to take the measures to prevent the spread of the didymo. Since the same precautions allow the didymos not to spread, it also means that the whirling disease will not spread as well. This ultimately means less deadly effects on the trout in the areas.

In 2007, the didymo was first found in the Connecticut River in Vermont. This type of algae also produced itself in New York as well in 2006. Since this, blooms have occurred throughout the years in these bodies of water and have been carried on to other bodies of water as well. The focus is to reduce the whirling disease from the waters, and this leaves the ban on felt sole waders and boots. This will prevent the spread of these types of algae from one body of water to another.

Why the felt, and not others?

This type of species is able to spread in a wide number of ways, but the felt sole shoes are one of the best known ways and one of the largest problems when it comes to spreading it. Felt is a difficult one since it is hard to clean and disinfect and takes longer to dry. The fibers within it can remain damp for large periods of time which means the didymo can survive. There is no known way on disinfecting these types of areas.

When using any type of boots or waders in the water, you should allow them to air dry after use and make sure to disinfect them thoroughly. This will allow you to kill any microorganisms that might be hiding within the cracks of the boots, and prevents any of these organisms from spreading in the waters.

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