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The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

The 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 introduction.

The deadline is quickly approaching for early bird prices so register now!

View the Preliminary Program.

ISAW an 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 Contest to convey what should happen after the “ISAW an Invader” step.

Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and 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.

The 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.


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