Canadian Council on Invasive Species applauds federal government regulations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. June 19, 2015 – Williams Lake, BC: The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) is applauding the federal government for putting into force new regulations to deal with aquatic invasive species in Canada.
“As the national body representing organizations working to prevent and stop invasive species across Canada, we are pleased to see the federal government put these regulations into place to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species in Canadian waters,” said Barry Gibbs, co-chair of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species and chair of the Invasive Species Council of BC.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations, which came into force this week, provide tools for both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the provinces to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. The regulations will also improve the ability to respond rapidly to an invasion or manage the spread of established aquatic invasive species in Canada.
The regulations put rules in place to help prevent intentional and unintentional introductions of aquatic invasive species in Canada from other countries and across provincial and territorial borders. For example, border staff will now have the authority to compel boat owners crossing into Canada to be inspected for listed invasive species, including Asian carp, quagga mussels and zebra mussels. In the future, other species can be added or removed through regulatory amendments when necessary.
Aquatic invasive species are a critical issue from coast to coast to coast. Hunting and fishing organizations across the country realize that aquatic invasive species are a major concern to Canada’s fresh water lakes and rivers-impacting the environment, impacting recreational opportunities. Another area of concern for aquatic invasive species is pets and the aquarium trade. This issue has come to international attention at the recent Convention on Biological Diversity.
Provincial regulations for aquatic invasives are in place in some provinces such as BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and new provincial regulations are under development in Manitoba. These federal regulations complement those provincial rules to ensure aquatic invasives are being prevented from spreading in areas under all jurisdictions.
“Outreach and education is important for high-risk pathways to invasive species – boaters, marinas, trade – and border or other staff need training, and the Canadian Council on Invasive Species looks forward to partnering with the federal government and other key partners to make a difference,” added Gibbs.
About the Canadian Council on Invasive Species
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species. Invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions representing provinces and territories across Canada established this federal society to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country.
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Gail Wallin, Co-Chair Barry Gibbs, Co-Chair
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Related: Federal Government News Release