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Education and Outreach

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are commonly spread unknowingly by individuals who are unaware that their actions could result in the introduction of these unwanted species and cause negative impacts to the economy, society and the environment. Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is best implemented through education and changing behaviour. Effective prevention and early detection efforts require Saskatchewan citizens to be aware of, and engaged in, the prevention and detection of these species, and how these species can impact their own lives - directly and indirectly.

Invasive species can impact all of us. For example, if an aquatic invasive species were to be introduced into your local lake, you may notice:

Zebra Mussels

  • Declines of native fish populations.
  • Damage to boat launches and infrastructure.
  • Sharp mussel shells littering beaches.
  • Significant costs to remove mussels from power infrastructure and drinking water systems.
  • Increased weed growth and likelihood of algal blooms.

Eurasian Watermilfoil

  • Loss of beach areas to heavy mats of weeds.
  • Damage to boat propellers.
  • Depletion of oxygen in the water which can kill other native fish and species.
  • Reduction in useable areas for recreation.
  • Decreased habitat for native fish.
  • Attraction of pests such as mosquitos.

How you can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

  • Clean, drain and dry your boat and gear after every use, and before moving from one waterbody to another.
  • If you plan to use your watercraft out-of-province, ensure you are aware of the AIS regulations that are in effect in the province/state where the watercraft will be used. In some cases, there may be additional regulations that must be followed, such as the requirement to decontaminate your watercraft before leaving an AIS control zone. Ensure that your watercraft is completely cleaned, drained and dried before returning home. AIS watercraft inspectors can also work with you to ensure your watercraft is free of AIS before using it in Saskatchewan.
  • Don’t let it loose. Never release unwanted aquarium pets, plants or live food into ponds, lakes, rivers or storm drains.
  • Pull your boat plug while transporting your boat and ensure that you know all the rules and regulations related to preventing the spread of invasive species in Saskatchewan, and any province or state where you use your watercraft and equipment. Remember it is illegal to transport a boat with the drain plug in place.
  • Be bait responsible. Never use live bait outside of leeches and worms that were purchased in Saskatchewan.
  • Learn more about aquatic invasive species and how to identify them.
  • Grow local and native plants in your yard or garden.
  • Report suspicious activities and any potential sightings of aquatic invasive species. Call the toll-free TIPP line 24-hours a day at 1-800-667-7561.
  • Get involved!
  • Participate in the Adult Invasive Mussel Monitoring (AIMM) program;
  • Share resources and information (fact sheets, posters, links and social media posts) amongst friends and family;
  • Raise awareness about aquatic invasive species in your classroom, at fish and wildlife meetings, in your pet store, seafood market, greenhouse, bait and tackle shop or boat dealership.

Additional resources can be found in our Publications Centre.

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