Transport of invasive species is illegal in BC. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals and parasites that can cause economic or environmental harm and spread quickly to other areas. They can be introduced by hitching a ride on boat hulls, buoys, ropes, anchors, trailers, and fishing gear. Some AIS are microscopic and can be transported in water (i.e. ballasts, bilges, buckets, and wells). They are also introduced by anglers stocking non-native game fish, and pet owners who dump unwanted aquariums.
May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC. Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
- Clean all plant parts, animals, debris and mud from your boat, trailer and equipment (fishing gear, ropes, anchors, buoys) before moving to a new waterbody.
- Dispose of removed material on land in an appropriate compost or bin.
- Drain all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge and ballast) on land, before moving to a new location.
- Dry your boat and trailer and all items such as fishing gear, ropes, anchors and buoys completely before relaunching.
- Don’t let it loose! It is illegal to transport and release invasive species in BC. Never release any pets or domestic animals into the wild.
- Stop for inspection! The BC Mussel Defense Program has watercraft inspection stations at major entry points along BC’s borders during the boating season. It is mandatory that anyone transporting watercraft of any type must stop for inspection.
- Report invasive species to the Province of BC, and access free reporting apps
- Get involved in Invasive Species Action Month this May.
- Learn more from the Invasive Species Council of BC, including regulations on invasive species.