Aquatic invasive species

WHAT YOU CAN DO

HOW TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION AND SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES

Everyone using aquatic habitats can help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

General
  • Learn about these species and how to recognize them using the identification guides in this booklet (you can also download the PDF document);
  • Do not move organisms from one area to another;
  • Never release live bait, aquarium fish or plants into open water or sewer.
When taking your boat out of the water
  • Inspect and remove fouling plants and animals from boat, motor, anchor, trailer and equipment with freshwater or spray with pure vinegar (protect your eyes);
  • Clean hull and dispose of removed material far from the water;
  • Drain water from your motor, bilge and wells. If possible, let equipment dry completely;
  • Use environment-friendly anti-fouling paint or products on your boat hull.
Shellfish harvesting
  • Clean shellfish where they were collected;
  • Move as little water as possible with the shellfish;
  • Spread any leftover water on the lawn;
  • "De-sand" shellfish in the original water or in a bucket with water that will be thrown onto the lawn.
Diving and other water sports
  • Rinse equipment with fresh water after every trip;
  • Let equipment dry completely
Preventive measures