Aquatic invasive species at the Saint-Ours Canal

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

On September, 2022, a team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada was educating recreational boaters on the Richelieu River about aquatic invasive species (AIS). A team wearing departmental apparel was present at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site, and Fishery officers patrolled the Richelieu River to present the best ways to fight AIS in our waterways.

Aquatic invasive species are species that have been introduced into an environment where they would not normally be found. They can grow rapidly, displace other species and even cause changes to habitats not intended for them. After habitat loss, aquatic invasive species represent the second largest threat to the diversity of the planet’s ecosystems. They also impact recreational activities such as fishing, swimming and recreational boating. 

Clean, drain, dry

Aquatic invasive species can attach to recreational boats and water-related equipment. See how pleasure craft owners play an important role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The key words to remember are: clean, drain and dry.

It is recommended to craft owners:

 If you think you have found an aquatic invasive species
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