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Paddlers, label your canoes and kayaks!

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Each year the Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol respond to many calls of unoccupied canoes, kayaks, and rowboats found floating on the water. Without owner information on a vessel/paddle craft, it can be difficult for first responders to confirm if someone is in need of rescue on the water or if the boat simply drifted away from shore without a passenger.

Always label your paddle craft with an “IF FOUND” sticker to help first responders efficiently determine if an emergency exists, prevent unnecessary and expensive searches, and enable your paddle craft to be returned if lost.

Stickers are available for FREE from MDIFW and Department of Marine Resources. Visit your local office for a sticker or ask your local game warden or marine patrol officer. You can also find stickers at many marinas and sporting goods stores. Click here for more information on where you can get a free sticker.

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