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Invasive Species Centre and Canadian Food Inspection Agency Join Forces Against Invasive Species

 

June 16, 2017

 

OTTAWA, ON – On Thursday, June 15th, 2017 the Invasive Species Centre and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding, where they agreed to work together to boost invasive species research, collaboration, and education activities.

 

From left to right: Pierre Bilodeau, Executive Director, Plant Health Science, Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre, James Crawford, Area Director General, Ontario Area, William Anderson, Executive Director, Plant Health and Biosecurity 


Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the survival of Canada’s wild animals and plants. These nonnative plants, insects, animals, and pathogens arrive, often accidentally, from elsewhere in the world and, in the absence of natural predators, kill, crowd out or otherwise devastate native species and their ecosystems. Some of these species threaten to transform the wildlife, woodlands, and waterways that Canadians depend on. Invasive species cost Canada billions of dollars in losses to forestry, agriculture, fisheries, and other industries affected by their impact.

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is a regulatory agency that works to enhance the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment, and economy by safeguarding food, animals, and plants.

 

"On behalf of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, we are excited to further strengthen our relationship with the Invasive Species Centre through this memorandum of understanding. This MOU represents our mutual support for the advancement of invasive species research, collaboration, and education in Ontario and all of Canada. Increased collaboration will be the key moving forward," said James Crawford, the CFIA’s Area Director General for Ontario.

 

The Invasive Species Centre is a not-for-profit organization that works to prevent the spread of invasive species in Canada and beyond by connecting with stakeholders to catalyze invasive species management and communicate policy and science knowledge.

 

“We’re thrilled about the enhanced collaboration that this agreement will bring,” said Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre, “We have already made strides in the fight against invasive species with our valued partner, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and now we are looking forward to the valuable work we will do under this MOU.”


From left to right: Pierre Bilodeau, Executive Director, Plant Health Science, Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre, James Crawford, Area Director General, Ontario Area, William Anderson, Executive Director, Plant Health and Biosecurity 


 Notable collaborations to date include the addition of CFIA-regulated areas to the EDDMaps invasive species reporting app and database, web pest alerts for European Gypsy Moth and European Cherry Fruit Fly, and digital campaigns to raise awareness about Asian Long-horned Beetle and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

 

Together, the Invasive Species Centre and Canadian Food Inspection Agency will continue to advance invasive species research, collaboration and education throughout Canada.

 

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For more information please contact:

Deborah Sparks

Business Development and Communications Manager

Invasive Species Centre

Cell: 705-255-8301

dsparks@invasivespeciescentre.ca

www.invasivespeciescentre.ca 

 

Keywords: invasive species; Invasive Species Centre; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; environment