2023 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Course - Online
Riding Mountain National Park
- Watch the AIS Prevention Course video
- Read the course FAQ resource sheet
- Print and answer the 5-question multiple choice quiz.
1) AIS Prevention Course video
2) Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Resource Sheet
The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention in Riding Mountain National is changing for 2023. Our prevention monitoring program found Zebra mussel environmental DNA (eDNA) in Clear Lake. This is a warning to take stronger prevention measures.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: You can Clean, Drain, and Dry your watercraft and water equipment after each use. Make it a habit and encourage others to do the same.
If your human-powered watercraft or water equipment has been in any water body outside the park this year, please go to the Boat Cove Station for a full inspection and decontamination before launching in the park.
Q: How do I Clean, Drain, Dry to prevent the spread of AIS Should I use bleach or other chemical cleaners?
A: No. Please do not use bleach or other chemical cleaners unless your watercraft/gear requires a full decontamination due to the presence of invasive species. Chemical cleaners may cause damage to your watercraft, gear, or park waters. To clean, drain, dry your self-propelled watercraft and gear follow these steps after each use:
- Remove all plant and dirt material from your watercraft & water gear.
- Use a clean cloth or sponge to thoroughly wipe down your watercraft & water gear.
- Drain your watercraft & gear thoroughly. Use a cloth or sponge to soak up and remove any remaining water-soaked spots after draining.
- Wipe down your watercraft & gear with a dry towel.
- Use your hands to feel for small bumps, on all parts of watercraft and gear that were immersed in water. Young mussels feel like sandpaper and survive 30 days out of water.
- Dry your watercraft and gear thoroughly in the sun before storing or using again.
Q: What should I do if I suspect zebra mussels have attached to my watercraft or gear?
A: You may be fined up to $100,00.00 for possessing and/or transporting AIS. Contact the Department of Transportation for a permit to take your boat to the nearest provincial or federal decontamination station.
Q: My watercraft is only used in Clear Lake. I never take it anywhere else. Do I still need a permit?
A: Yes, every watercraft on any park water body requires a permit. The permit can be a temporary permit for a specific period, or a seasonal permit. The permit must be carried with you while on the water.
Q: Can I use my human-powered watercraft on other lakes in the park as well as Clear Lake?
A: Yes, human-powered watercraft can be used on all park water bodies in 2023. Please Clean, Drain, and Dry before moving between water bodies.
Q: Can my children use my permit?
A: Permits are for the watercraft and are not transferable from boat to boat. The watercraft owner must inform and educate other users of the watercraft on how to Clean, Drain, and Dry the watercraft/gear after each use. The permit has two parts: one to display in the vehicle and the other remains with the watercraft. The owner/user of the watercraft must provide the permit to authorities whenever requested.
Q: Does Parks Canada check watercraft for permits?
A: Yes. Park Wardens will be monitoring watercraft and doing checks to ensure that watercraft operators have received inspections and possess valid permits. Non-compliant operators face a maximum fine of $100,000. If you are fishing, Park Wardens may also check for valid National Park Fishing Permits
Q: Why isn’t the Province of Manitoba Fishing licence valid for Clear Lake or other waters in Riding Mountain National Park?
A: Riding Mountain is a national park administrated by the Government of Canada. Therefore, a National Parks of Canada Fishing Permit is required under the National Parks of Canada Act and Regulations.
Q: Can I use leeches for fishing?
A: No. The use of live bait can bring undesirable AIS or diseases in RMNP waters. The use and possession of leeches is prohibited. Natural bait such as leeches increases the risk of spreading AIS. The use and possession of live or dead fish (minnows), or fish parts is prohibited. The disposal of excess bait within the park is also prohibited. Baits such as night crawlers and earthworms may be used. When fishing, confine the use of tackle to individual lakes and ensure that all fishing gear is clean and dry before entering park waters.Glossary:
AIS: Aquatic Invasive Species
Trailer Launched Watercraft: Any large vessel used to transport people that must be launched into water from a trailer, such as: large complex sailboats, pontoon boats, motorized boats, etc.
Human-powered watercraft or vessel / self-propelled watercraft or vessel: Any vessel used to transport people that can be launched without the use of a trailer such as canoes; kayaks, row boats, paddle boards, dinghies, inflatables.
3) AIS quiz
- Print the quiz and answer the quiz questions.
- Bring your watercraft, water equipment, and the completed quiz with you to the Boat Cove Station in Wasagaming, Manitoba. Please ensure that your watercraft and equipment are Clean, Drained, and Dry.
2023 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Riding Mountain National Park Quiz for Human-Propelled Watercraft Owner Seasonal Permit Applicants
- Before I enter any waterbody and after each use of my watercraft, I must:
- ☐ Eat my lunch
- ☐ Check my GPS for directions
- ☐ Clean, Drain, and Dry my watercraft
- If I use my watercraft in waters outside of the park, when I return to the park:
- ☐ I can launch in any water body if my watercraft is clean, drained, and dry
- ☐ I must proceed to the Boat Cove Station for a full inspection and if required, a decontamination
- ☐ I must wait for 30 days before I enter any park waterbodies
- When others want to use my watercraft, it is my duty to:
- ☐ Ensure they carry the watercraft permit with them and instruct them how to Clean, Drain, Dry the watercraft after use.
- ☐ Charge them a fee
- ☐ Make sure they have water rescue certification
- To prevent the spread of AIS when fishing, I will:
- ☐ Carry a valid national park fishing permit and never use leeches, live or dead fish (minnows) or fish parts in national park waters.
- ☐ Carry a Manitoba fishing licence and never use leeches, live or dead fish (minnows) or fish parts in national park waters.
- ☐ Carry a valid national park fishing permit and never use leeches, night crawlers, or earth worms.
- After I have cleaned, drained, and dried my boat, the surface of the boat feels like sandpaper with small bumps. I should:
- ☐ Refinish and polish my boat
- ☐ Suspect the presence of zebra mussels. Contact the Department of Transportation for a permit to take my boat to the nearest decontamination station.
- ☐ Not be concerned at all, bumps and scratches are normal.
Privacy: Collection of information for Aquatic Invasive Species
The personal information you provide is collected under the authority of section 6 of Species at Risk Act and the section 8 of the Canada National Parks Act for the purpose of participating to the Aquatic Invasive Species quiz that will provide authorization to use your personal watercraft in a specific area. Personal information may be used to enforce Section 18 of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations for the purpose of protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources. Failure to provide the requested personal information will result in the denial of your request for a personal watercraft use permit.
The information may be used for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes by Parks Canada and shared with other government ministries. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.
Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Canada National Parks Act and the Privacy Act. You have the right to the protection of, access to, and correction of your personal information, which is described in Personal Information Bank Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permits (PC PPU 055 ) Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source, which is available at the following web site address: www.infosource.gc.ca
You have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the institution’s handling of your personal information at https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/report-a-concern/file-a-formal-privacy-complaint/file-a-complaint-about-a-federal-institution/
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