Spiny waterflea are a aquatic invasive zooplankton (the small animals that float around in the water). The problem with spiny waterflea is, while typical zooplankton are an important part of the food chain, they are not typically predated upon...because you know, it's so spiny. Imagine for a moment if you were an eagle. Instead of all the soft rabbits in the forest you can eat, you only have porcupines- every day porcupines. Not cool. Definitely not cool. So why do we care? Research updates from Dr. Gretchen Hansen at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Invasive Research Center (MAISRC) showed that,
"Initial results are showing slower growth of walleye in their first year of life in lakes invaded by zebra mussels and spiny waterflea."
What can boaters do? Clean, drain, dry, and dispose of bait. It's just that simple. Research from the University of Minnesota Duluth showed, after six hours of being dry (no bleach, no hot water, just air), 100% spiny waterflea eggs die. The study focused on the life stage of spiny water flea called the "resting egg" which is generally considered to be more difficult to kill than the adults. Further research conducted by (MAISRC) showed that CD3 Systems are extremely effective at removing water and dry = dead spiny waterflea. You can download the full research report on CD3 water removal here.
Scrub the deck and make it look...not spiny (sung to the tune of Moana "Shiny"). Try not getting that tune out of your heads today parents.