The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species will assemble the
best & brightest in the business – be among them! ICAIS 2016 will be held April
10-14th at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is widely considered
to be the most effective forum for discussion of new and emerging aquatic
invasive species issues. Some topics of discussion include emerging invasion
threats, outreach and education, policy and legislation, and pathways for
The deadline is quickly approaching for early bird prices so
ISAW an Invader...now what!?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! February 21-27, 2016 is National
Invasive Species Awareness Week and we’re ready to celebrate! We want to
encourage youth to consider the importance of recognizing and reporting invasive
species. Students from Grade 4-8 in Ontario can participate in our Creativity
to convey what should happen after the “ISAW an Invader” step.
Stay tuned to our website,
Twitter during the week of February 15th for contest details and our
invasive species themed template!
Register for Asian Carp Canada's 6th Webinar (February 18th)
Please register for
Asian Carp Canada's 6th webinar, to be held February 18th at 2pm, to hear
Becky Cudmore discuss Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Asian Carp Program. Hear
about the activities being done by the Program to prevent the introduction and
establishment of Asian carps in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. The
Program had a busy summer in 2015 with several Grass Carp captures and Becky
will also provide an update on those specimens.
View past Asian Carp Webinars
Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act, Receives Royal Assent
The Invasive Species Centre endorses the leadership of the Province of
Ontario in passing Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act. After passing the
Third Reading on October 21, 2015, the Bill has promptly received the Royal
Assent necessary for its approval. The first of its kind, Ontario’s Invasive
Species Act fills a large legislative gap that addresses the need for
provincial authority to deal holistically with invasive species. There is no
similar comprehensive instrument anywhere in Canada at the federal or
provincial levels that condenses the authority to deal with invasive
species. By implementing this Act, Ontario will take a large step forward to
proactively prevent invasions and expedite the response when invasions
occur. The Invasive Species Centre’s own work to prevent harmful invasive
species impacts on Canada’s environment, economy and society will be
bolstered by this appropriate systemic change in the province of Ontario.
Because of its geography and trade centres, Ontario is especially at risk
for the significant, far-reaching environmental and socio-economic impacts
that invasive species cause. This Act gives Ontario the tools and
authorities needed to intercept and quickly respond to invasive species by:
having the ability to classify the threat level of a species, prohibiting
the import and possession of significant-threat species, and by providing
the Minister with the power to implement a temporary-threat designation to a
newly discovered invader. By passing the Invasive Species Act, Ontario is
taking necessary action to limit the costs and impacts of invasive species,
and protect Ontario’s environment, economy and society for its citizens and
future generations. The Act will come into effect in one year.
approved Bill and
Invasive Species Centre presentation to the Standing Committee on Social
Policy can be accessed online for further reading.
Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition
Asian Carp Canada is hosting an Innovative Solutions Competition for
post-secondary students, on March 5th 2016, to develop a device, technology,
equipment, chemical, or other method that could be utilized to either
prevent or manage Asian carp. 15 teams from post-secondary institutions
across Ontario have registered to showcase their original ideas at the
University of Toronto, Scarborough in hopes of winning a cash prize!
For more information visit the
Innovative Solutions Competition page.