Aquatic Invasive Species

WHAT ARE THEY?

Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants, fish and water borne organisms that can permanently and negatively change our plant habitat and watershed. Such species can take over and alter habitat that native insects, fish and wildlife depend on for growth and survival.

Invasive plants such as milfoil, yellow flag iris, flowering rush and animals such as zebra and quagga mussels rapidly change freshwater ecosystems by out competing native species and altering water quality (such as algae blooms), changing shorelines and reducing property values.

Invasive fish such as small mouth bass, dumped aquarium goldfish and live bait minnows introduce voracious predators that have faster reproductive rates that will quickly reduce the abundance of food and native fish stocks (such as trout).

The BC Mussel Defence Program has watercraft inspection stations at major entry points along BC’s borders during boating season. It is mandatory that anyone transporting watercraft of any type must stop for inspection.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

CLEAN            DRAIN                DRY
YOUR BOAT

Invasive plants and water life can be microscopically small and are easily
transported in the nooks and crannies of boats, drains and motor coolant water.

CLEAN off plants, organisms, and mud from your boat, trailer, equipment and fishing gear.
DRAIN onto land all water from buckets, pumps, and motors and remove drain plugs
DRY all items completely before launching into another body of water.

LEARN more about invasive species and visit:
www.gov.bc.ca/invasive-species and www.bcinvasives.ca