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Canada invests in ongoing prevention of invasive aquatic species on West Coast


Vancouver – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is committed to preventing the introduction, establishment, and spread of aquatic invasive species, including Zebra and Quagga Mussels. In May 2023, DFO announced $8.75 million in contribution funding over five years as part of the newly created Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund (AISPF). The AISPF funds eligible organizations and projects that focus on preventing the introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species across Canada.

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has announced funding of up to $540,000 from 2023 to 2025 for the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), through the AISPF.

The HCTF is a non-profit organization that specializes in funding important conservation projects. This funding will support the ongoing work of the Province of British Columbia’s existing Invasive Mussel Defense Program (IMDP)including ongoing efforts to prevent the introduction of Zebra and Quagga Mussels in B.C.

In addition to these financial contributions, DFO is continually working on new initiatives focused on detecting and responding to reports of imminent aquatic invasive species invasions including at international borders, and facilitating on-the-ground preventative action through partnerships.

DFO is also investing $90,000 to acquire two new decontamination trailers in British Columbia to support the Province’s Invasive Mussel Defense Program. These decontamination trailers will help educate the public on the importance of cleaning, draining and drying their watercraft before moving between bodies of water, in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Moreover, the trailers will allow DFO to support the province by conducting watercraft decontaminations when provincial staff are unavailable.   

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