Aquatic Invasive Species

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Like invasive plants, aquatic invasive species are non-native and do not have natural predators to control their populations. As a result, they outcompete native species and reduce habitat quality. Aquatic invasive species have been responsible for significant devastation of some native fish species and fisheries in Canada. Water-based recreational activities such as angling, boating and diving can spread aquatic invasive species to new locations. Plants, animals, and microscopic creatures can cling to clothing, equipment and boats. If not cleaned, these species can be introduced into new bodies of water.

When it comes to aquatic invasive species, the ecological balance of our lakes and rivers is at risk, and so is our drinking water. Prevention of harmful new invasions is the first priority.

What you can do: Clean, Drain, Dry!

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Photo Credit: OASISS

Aquatic Invasive Plants
 
[Link:  https://www.oiso.ca/species-category/aquatic-plants/ ]

Okanagan Invasive Species Online (OISO) is a collaborative, valley-wide project that shares information about invasive species specific to the region. Learn about aquatic invasive plants that threaten the Okanagan-Similkameen.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 Invasive Fish

[Link:  https://www.oiso.ca/species-category/fish/ ]

Okanagan Invasive Species Online (OISO) is a collaborative, valley-wide project that shares information about invasive species specific to the region. Learn about invasive fish species that threaten the Okanagan-Similkameen.
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Photo Credit: L. Scott

 Zebra and Quagga Mussels

[Link:  https://www.oiso.ca/species/zebra-and-quagga-mussels/ ]

Okanagan Invasive Species Online (OISO) is a collaborative, valley-wide project that shares information about invasive species specific to the region. Learn about the risk of Zebra and Quagga Mussels to the Okanagan-Similkameen.

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Photo Credit: Amy Benson, U.S. Geological Survey

 Other Aquatic Invasive Species

[Link: For now we can use: https://www.oiso.ca/find-a-species/by-category/ ]


Okanagan Invasive Species Online (OISO) is a collaborative, valley-wide project that shares information about invasive species specific to the region. Learn about other aquatic invasive species that threaten the Okanagan-Similkameen.

ZEBRA AND QUAGGA MUSSELS

A particular invasive species of concern to the lakes of the Okanagan-Similkameen are Zebra and Quagga mussels. Originally from Eastern Europe, they are small, freshwater molluscs that can cause damage to the environment, the economy, and human health once established. In the 1980s they arrived in North America in the ballast water of ocean liners, and since then, have spread across the continent through waterways and overland on trailered boats. While they are not present in British Columbia, they are as close as Manitoba in Canada, and Montana in the U.S.A.

Zebra and Quagga Mussels can be spread between water bodies by contaminated watercraft, boat trailers, live bait wells, and even fishing gear. Adults can attach to virtually any solid surface, and young mussels are microscopic and can float in water.

If they were to establish in the valley, they would harm sensitive ecosystems, clog water intake pipes and water infrastructure, reduce water quality, and impact tourism and the local economy.

What you can do: Clean, Drain, Dry!

Report suspect invasive mussels to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).

Mussel Resources

 
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Photo Credit: L. Scott

Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels

 [Link: https://www.oiso.ca/species/zebra-and-quagga-mussels/ ]

 

Okanagan Invasive Species Online (OISO) is a collaborative, valley-wide project that shares information about invasive species specific to the region. Learn more about the risk of Zebra and Quagga Mussels.

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Photo Credit: Government of BC

 

Bringing Your Boat to B.C.

 [Link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/invasive-mussels/bringing-your-boat-to-bc ]

 

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has a team of specialized inspectors checking and if necessary decontaminating watercraft being transported into B.C.

 

This page provides information on what to do if you are bringing your boat from out-of-province. Determine if your boat is low-risk or high-risk.