How You Can Help
Prevention is the most effective method of dealing with the problem of AIS. Stopping the initial introduction of AIS and/or limiting spread before it becomes a problem are the optimal solutions.
Take these steps prevent the introduction and spread of AIS:
- THOROUGHLY WASH your boat and all your gear, including waders, after use
- REMOVE ALL aquatic plants and animals from boats and gear
- DRAIN WATER from your boat, trailer, tackle, and gear before leaving an area
- DO NOT RELEASE aquarium pets, plants, or live bait into aquatic ecosystems
- CHOOSE NATIVE species for aquariums or live bait use
- DO NOT MOVE live fish and other aquatic organisms from one body of water to another. It is illegal.
- LEARN to identify AIS.
What to do if you encounter AIS?
Marine Invasive Species
If you find any marine (tidal waters) invasive species, or if you see any activities associated with the intentional or accidental movement of live fish or other aquatic organisms, please report them to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
- E-mail: AISPACIFIC@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
- Phone: 1-888-356-7525.
Photos of the species may also be sent to the above e-mail address. Please include the date and exact location (GPS if available). If possible, obtain individual specimens or a small sample; place in a sealed container with alcohol or freeze in a sealed plastic bag.
Freshwater Invasive Species
If you find any freshwater invasive species, or if you see any activities associated with the intentional or accidental movement of live fish or other aquatic organisms, please report these activities to the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment using the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) service.
- Phone: Toll-free 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)
- Report online: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/form.htm
Please include the date and exact location (GPS if available). If possible, take a photograph.
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