ISCBC requests input and support to build a response on the draft federal Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation: As you may know, federal government has proposed a new regulation related to Aquatic Invasive Species. This new regulation, if approved, would enable federal government agencies such as the Canadian Border Services Agency, to take proactive steps to stop the transport or shipping of invasive species such as the Asian carps or invasive mussels (zebra, quagga). The need for this regulation has been clearly called for by governments and non-government organizations within BC and beyond.
This draft regulation is now out for public review. We invite you to help build a strong submission in on the draft federal regulation.
We are proposing the following steps:
- Identify if your organization would like to contribute to joint response to federal government
- If so, then you/your organization could:
- Provide input on draft proposed response (see below)
- Receive the revised complete response which will be sent back to all reviewers
- Have your organization’s listed as a supporter for the response, once revised (send logo if you want it included)
- Provide a quote/comment along with a brief summary of your organization. These would be listed with the response.
- Please consider helping us build a strong response calling on federal government to approve this federal regulation for Aquatic Invasive Species.
Please provide feedback/input on the following draft components for the response:
The Invasive Species Council of BC and its X partners applaud the federal government for tackling this very important issue and moving forward on the much needed regulation. The Council calls on the federal government to approve this regulation before the end of March 31, 2015.
- Recognizing that the current list of species for BC is limited to Asian Carps and Dreissana mussels (zebra and quagga), that the list be expanded to include other high list aquatic species such as contained in the Controlled Alien Species Regulation for BC.
- That an annual review process be implemented to allow designated decision makers to amend the list based on scientific information.
- That the annual review include the full involvement of the provincial and territory representatives along with federal government representatives
- That the review process enable the updating of the species list as of March of each year
- While this is a review of a much needed regulatory tool, that the federal government plan and budget the needed resources to make this regulation effective including:
- Internal government staffing resources for training and implementation in required agencies including Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Border Services Agency
- Internal government staffing resources for partnership in provincial/territory collaboration in prevention and early response protocols and practices
- Financial resources for partnership with provincial governments and non-government organizations in:
- Provincial coordination and implementation of actions related to federal prevention
- Coordinated outreach and training that addresses key pathways of introduction and spread
- Support for the Canadian Council on Invasive Species and its partners in national outreach programs and reporting mechanisms
- That all fines/fees generated by violations of the regulation be directly invested with non-government agencies in increased outreach, education or remediation related to aquatic invasive species
- That the federal government support the increased communication across federal government departments as related to the Invasive Alien Species Strategy of Canada (2004), coordinated by Environment Canada
Please submit all comments to ISCBC Executive Director, Gail Wallin, at: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14th, 2015.