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Call for Proposals for ICAIS

The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) is the most comprehensive international forum to address new and emerging issues related to aquatic invasive species (AIS). The Technical Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for presentations and posters addressing the broad range of aquatic invasive species issues in freshwater and marine environments.
Submit abstracts in electronic format to the Conference Administrator before September 18, 2015.
Learn more and view the full call for proposals at

Two Grass Carp Were Found In Toronto Ponds

After the discovery of two invasive grass carp Oceans and Fisheries Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority launched a search in the surrounding area for any sign of more Asian carps.
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Wild Parsnip

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Invasive Species Centre Executive Director, Dilhari Fernando joined Up North on CBC Radio One to discuss the growing concern with wild parsnip.

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that can spread quickly and form dense stands that crowd out native plants. It also has the potential to reduce quality of agriculture crops and livestock. Wild parsnip is a member of the carrot family and has an edible root, however, it also produces sap in the stems that can react with sunlight and cause rashes or blisters (called photodermatitis). It is important to wash anything that comes into contact with wild parsnip sap with soap and water; and to seek medical attention if a skin reaction occurs. Wild parsnip thrives in disturbed areas with abundant sunlight (such as abandoned yards), which becomes a problem when these sites are converted to areas that may be frequented by people. Wild parsnip can grow up to 1 1/2 meters tall with branched umbrella-shaped clusters of small yellow/green flowers and thin leaves. If you believe that you see wild parsnip report it to the Invading Species Hotline (1-800-563-7711). To remove it from your property you can dig out as much of the taproot as possible with a sharp shovel and covering the area with black plastic for a year to smother any new growth. All plant matter should be placed in black plastic bags and left in direct sunlight for a week before disposing them in an appropriate landfill.

Wild Parsnip Fact Sheet

Wild Parsnip Best Management Practices

CTV News: Warning About Wild Parsnips

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Invasion ON

Dog-strangling vine is an escaped garden plant that crowds out native species and prevents forest regeneration. Don't let these invaders attack on your next hike, learn more at .

New, Free Membership Program

Become a Member of the Invasive Species Centre! Individual Canadians can help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. To fulfill our mandate, the Invasive Species Centre requires a strong base of members to raise awareness about the importance of invasive species and the issues surrounding them. This new membership program will allow the Invasive Species Centre to raise awareness and enable Canadians to prevent the spread of harmful invasive species!

Job Opportunity: ISC Executive Director

The ISC is looking for an individual who will provide all direction and leadership to the Invasive Species Centre team towards the achievement of the organization’s mandate in the role of Executive Director. Applications must be received by July 17, 2015.
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada Announces Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations

These newly enacted regulations prohibit the import, possession, transport and release of specific invasive aquatic species including Asian carp, zebra and quagga mussels. This allows the government to stop potentially harmful species from entering our lakes and rivers. The regulations allows for the rapid response of invasive aquatic species.
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EDRR Network Ontario tackles invasive plants in local communities

On June 15, 2015, the Invasive Species Centre and the Ontario Invasive Plant council held their first EDRR open house, in Sault Ste. Marie. CTV News interviewed the two EDRR coordinators as they collected invasvie plants to show off at their open house. The full interview can be seen at

ISC Executive Director, Dilhari Fernando, on Outdoor Journal Radio

On June 13, 2015, Invasive Species Centre Executive Director Dilhari Fernando joined Angelo Viola to discuss the status of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes and whether or not they are here. The full podcast can be viewed at

Summer Issue of The Spread!

This summer's edition of The Spread includes information about how invasive species impact summer activites and what you can be doing to prevent their spread. It also contains, policy and news updates in the invasives world.

Register for an EDRR Open House!

Do you want to help slow the spread of invasive species and reduce their impacts in your community? Registration is now open for FREE open house events in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, and Halton Hills. Come learn more about the Early Detection & Rapid Response Network Ontario project and how you can get involved! Register for your area here.


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