Update on Aquatic Invasive Species Legislation in Alberta


With the passing of amendments to the Fisheries (Alberta) Act through Bill 13 in March, the fight to keep Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) - especially the zebra and quagga mussels - out of Alberta has been dialed up a notch. This amendment includes:

  1. Mandatory watercraft inspections,
  2. Enhanced authority for mitigating the risk of AIS, and
  3. The addition of a prohibited species list

Zebra and quagga mussels can spread quickly and live out of water for up to 30 days. Once they are introduced to Alberta waterways it will be virtually impossible for us to eradicate them. The estimated cost to the province will be in the range of $75 million annually if these invasive species are introduced. This includes damage to infrastructure and recreational opportunities in Alberta.

Let’s all do our part to help prevent this from happening. Always remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY all watercraft. For helpful tips and best practices, click HERE.

Once Bill 13 is proclaimed into law, inspection stations will be located at the commercial vehicle weigh stations and the main points of entry into and out of the province.

To complement the RDRWA’s work with both aquatic and land invasive species we have become members of Play, Clean, Go, encouraged ESRD to have a display at our Spring Forum in Trochu, and focussed on Invasive Species during World Water Day promotions on March 21 at the EcoLiving Fair in Red Deer.

submitted by Joey Temple - RDRWA Outreach Coordinator


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