News on Invasives

Ring in the holiday season and reduce the spread of invasive species!

If you are using English holly or English ivy in decorations this holiday season, be sure to dispove of them properly! 

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Invasive Asian clams found in Shuswap Lake highlight importance of Clean Drain Dry

A recent survey found populations of invasive Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) living in Shuswap Lake. 

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Do not open unrequested seed packages

Reports are coming from Canada and the United States of unrequested packages of seeds turning up in the mail. Unknown seeds could be invasive plants and the packages may contain plant pests. Both can be harmful to Canada's ecosystems and agriculture.

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Invasive Asian clam shells found on a Shuswap Lake beach

Invasive Asian clam shells have been identified on a Shuswap Lake beach. Only dead shells have been found and provincial staff have not confirmed the presence of any live individuals. ISCBC enourages water recreationalists to Clean, Drain, Dry their boats and gear to reduce the spread of invasive species and ensure boats and gear are free of aquatic invaders.

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National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ornamental Horticulture Industry Launched

Peterborough, ON, June 12, 2019 - The Canadian Council on Invasive Species, along with several key partners are excited to launch a new National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the ornamental horticulture industry. The National Voluntary Code of Conduct supports the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’ Be Plant Wise program. The goal of the Be Plant Wise program is to support and recognize responsible leaders in the horticulture industry who adopt best practices to avoid the introduction of high-risk invasive plants to specific regions.

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May 31, 2019 - Invasive Mussel Defence Program launches new season

May 31, 2019; KELOWNA - British Columbia's Invasive Mussel Defence Program is launching into its fifth season of protecting B.C. waterways from invasive zebra and quagga mussels. From now until late October 2019, inspectors with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) will be at 12 inspection stations throughout the province, educating the public about invasive mussels and checking boats travelling into and through B.C. before they enter the water.

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Invasive Mussel Defence Program 2018 Interim Report Now Available

The Invasive Mussel Defence Program (IMDP) is a shared delivery between staff from the B.C. Conservation Office Service (COS) and the Environmental Sustainability & Strategic Policy Division (ESSPD) within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). The interim report for the 2018 season has been published. 

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Peace River Regional District puts invasive daisies on notice

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is putting invasive daisies on notice! These white petalled, yellow-centered daisy flowers are the PRRD’s most wanted invasive plants in 2018! Read more and listen to the invasive daisy jingles.

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Gail Wallin Spreads the Word about BC’s Invasives

Local Invasive Species. From fire ants to knotweed - Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of BC joins Breakfast Television in Vancouver's Riaz Meghji to look at five invasive species having an impact on local ecosystems and explains what you can do about it.

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B.C. lake infested with hundreds of goldfish just months after pets released into wild

CBC News, Cory Correia, August 15, 2018 - BRITISH COLUMBIA. B.C. lake infested with hundreds of goldfish just months after pets released into wild. Some goldfish in Pinecrest Lake are now as large as 13 centimetres, says invasive species expert. Residents of a small B.C. lakeside community say they're dealing with a goldfish infestation after someone dumped their unwanted pets in the water.

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