LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska has banned statewide the use of felt-soled footwear by fishermen, believing the soles to be a way of transporting nuisance species, according to the Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Since 2009 there has been an increasing move toward restricting the use of felt-soled waders and wading boots, the center reports.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, four states (Alaska, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont) had implemented bans.
There are two basic approaches to creating these restrictions. In some states the bans are created through legislation. Other bans are created by administrative action by way of the state’s natural resources agency.