Call for Proposals for ICAIS
The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) is the most
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
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.
Read the full news story at
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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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,
View Job Description.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Announces Aquatic Invasive Species
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.
Learn more at
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
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.