What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk
Prevention is the most effective method of dealing with the problem of aquatic invasive species. Everyone using aquatic habitats or handling aquatic organisms can help prevent their introduction and limit their spread before they become a bigger problem.
Best Practices to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
- Learn about AIS and how to recognize them.
- Inform other people about the risks and potential threats AIS.
- Do not move organisms or water from one body of water to another.
- Never release live aquatic plants or animals, such as those from live bait or aquaria, into the natural environment or sewers.
Ensure that your boat and equipment are not vectors of spread for aquatic invasives, especially when you move from one body of water to another.
- Before leaving a water body, inspect and remove fouling plants and animals from your boat, motor, anchor, trailer and equipment. Clean them with freshwater or spray with pure vinegar (protect your eyes).
- Dispose of removed material far from the water, in an appropriate compost or garbage bin.
- Drain water from your motor, bilge and wells on land. If possible, let equipment dry completely before entering another water body.
- Use environment-friendly anti-fouling paint or products on your boat hull.
- Ask for information about local aquatic invasive species issues at the public wharf or marina you visit.
- Choose native species for live bait use
- Do not move live fish and other aquatic organisms from one body of water to another without a permit. It is illegal.
- Clean shellfish where they were collected.
- Move as little water as possible with the shellfish. Spread any leftover water on land, far from water sources.
- "De-sand" shellfish in the original water or in a bucket with water that will be disposed of on land.
Diving and other water sports
- Rinse equipment with freshwater after every trip.
- Let equipment dry completely before entering another body of water.
Aquariums and water gardens
- Choose native species for your aquarium or water garden
- Never release fish, plants or other aquatic organisms from your aquarium or water garden into open waters or sewers.
Live fish trade
- Make sure you observe all regulations governing banned species.
- Ask for expert help if there is any question about the identity of a particular fish.
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