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Invasive Species Reporting Tools

EDDMapS Ontario is a fast and easy way to map invasive species without any technical expertise. Members of the public are also able to call the Invading Species Hotline and speak with an invasive species expert to report a sighting or to inquire about invasive species information.

Water Soldier Eradication Project

An inter-agency working group on water soldier was formed in 2008 to help coordinate research, monitoring, control and prevention strategies

About Us

In 1992, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, established the Invading Species Awareness Program in order to address the increasing threats posed by invasive species in Ontario. Our objectives are to generate education and awareness of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, address key pathways contributing to introductions and/or spread, and facilitate monitoring and early detection initiatives for invasive species found within Ontario.

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Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters       Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
About Us | Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program

What are invading species?

Invasive species are plants, animals, and micro-organisms introduced by human action outside their natural past or present distribution whose introduction or spread threatens the environment, the economy, or society, including human health (Government of Canada, 2004).

Aquatic invasive plants can be free floating, floating and rooted in sediment, rooted and submergent (underwater), or emergent (partly under and partly above the water’s surface). They can affect recreational activities (e.g., boating, fishing, swimming), displace native vegetation, slow down water flow, and alter oxygen levels.

Forest pests impact our forest ecosystems by degrading the quality of wood, eliminating wildlife habitat and recreation/cultural value. Forest pathogens can be caused by different organisms that affect the whole tree, causing defoliation, root decay and stem cankers that reduce the distribution of nutrients throughout the tree.

Invasive fish species impact our aquatic ecosystems by competing with native fishes for food and habitat, altering food webs, and preying on sport fish eggs and larvae populations.

Invasive invertebrates can be crayfish, snails, mussels, clams, waterfleas, or mysid that impact our aquatic ecosystems by competing with native species for resources, such as food and habitat, and can destroy native fish spawning habitats.

Terrestrial plants in a forest ecosystem can be trees, shrubs, or herbaceous plants that have been moved from their native habitat to an introduced area where they are able to reproduce quickly and crowd out native species.

Tubenose Goby

Background The Tubenose Goby is a small, bottom-dwelling invasive fish. Native to rivers and estuaries of the Black...

Garlic Mustard

Background Garlic mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It was brought to North America in the early 1800s for use as an edible herb....

Asian Carps

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent these unwanted invaders from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated all...

Mountain Pine Beetle

Background Mountain pine beetle is an insect responsible for creating widespread pine mortality in British Columbia. Native to western North...

Invasive Phragmites

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent the further spread and introduction of this unwanted invader in the province, Ontario has regulated...

Dog-Strangling Vine

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent the further spread and introduction of these unwanted invaders in the province, Ontario has regulated...

Zander

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Zander as prohibited under the...

Flowering Rush

Background Flowering rush is a perennial aquatic plant native to Eurasia and Africa that grows in lakes, riparian zones, wetlands, and marshes....

Water Lettuce

Background Water lettuce is a free-floating aquatic plant whose origins are uncertain. An explorer in Florida, during the 18th century was the...

Killer Shrimp

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Killer...

Dutch Elm Disease

Background Dutch elm disease is caused by a fungus (Ophiostoma ulmi) that has been killing native elm trees in North...

Purple Loosestrife

Background Purple loosestrife is a wetland plant native to Europe and Asia that was brought to North America the early 19thcentury. This highly...

Rainbow Smelt

Background Rainbow Smelt is a predatory fish native to the north Atlantic coastal regions of North America as well as a few lakes in the Ottawa...

Thousand Cankers Disease

Background Thousand cankers disease is a new threat that has been linked to the death of eastern black walnut trees in the United States over...

Sea Lamprey

Background The Sea Lamprey is a primitive, eel-like fish native to the northern Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic, western Mediterranean, and...

Invasive Honeysuckles

Background Invasive honeysuckles are herbaceous shrubs native to Korea, Japan and China. In the late 1800’s amur...

European Frog-bit

Background European frog-bit is an invasive aquatic plant native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. In 1932, the plant was brought from...

Brazilian Elodea

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated...

Round Goby

Background The Round Goby is a small, bottom-dwelling invasive fish, native to the Black and Caspian seas in eastern...

Japanese Barberry

Background Japanese barberry is an invasive shrub that is native to Japan. In the 1870’s, seeds of the Japanese...

Goldfish

Background The Goldfish is a well-known species of fish that has been sold world-wide for use in aquariums, ponds,...

Tench

Background Tench is an invasive fish native to Europe and western Asia. It was introduced across the United States in...

Invasive Ground Covers

Background Common invasive ground covers (periwinkle, English ivy and goutweed) are found throughout various areas of...

Wild Chervil

Background Wild chervil is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial from the parsley family, introduced to North America from Europe. It...

Wels Catfish

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Wels...

Golden Mussel

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Golden Mussel as prohibited under...

Rusty Crayfish

Background Rusty crayfish are large, aggressive crayfish native to the Ohio River Basin in the United States.  The...

Beech Bark Disease

Background Beech bark disease is a new threat affecting beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees in Canada’s hardwood and mixed forests. This disease is...

Northern Snakehead

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated all 28...

Eurasian Ruffe

Background Eurasian Ruffe is a small member of the perch family (Percidae sp.) and is native to northern Europe and Asia. It is suspected to...

Fanwort

Background Fanwort is an invasive aquatic plant native to the southeastern United States and parts of South America....

Yellow Iris

Background Yellow iris, or yellow flag iris, is a perennial aquatic plant native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. It was first...

Yellow Floating-heart

Background Yellow floating-heart is a perennial aquatic plant native to Asia and Europe. Introduced to North America in the late 19th century,...

Water Hyacinth

Background Water hyacinth is a free-floating, aquatic plant in the pickerel-weed family (Pontederiaceae spp.)...

Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Background Zebra and quagga mussels are freshwater bivalves native to the Black Sea region of Eurasia. Both species...

Prussian Carp

Background Prussian Carp is an invasive fish native from central Europe to Siberia. They are a hardy, rapidly reproducing fish, with females...

Starry Stonewort

Background Starry stonewort is an invasive macroalgae native to northern Eurasia. It was introduced in North America...

Oak Wilt

Background Oak wilt is a fungal pathogen (Bretziella fagacearum) killing thousands of oak trees in North American forests and woodlands each...

Gypsy Moth

Background Gypsy moth is an insect native to Europe and Asia that has been severely weakening trees across North America. Gypsy moth was...

Himalayan Balsam

Background Himalayan balsam is an annual herb, native to the western Himalayas. In the early 1800s it was introduced to many parts of Europe,...

Pathways

Pathways are routes by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by which an invasive species is transported to a new region by humans, either deliberately or accidentally.

Canals

There was once a time when navigating Canada’s waters involved portaging (carrying a boat) between lakes and around boating barriers. To make navigation easier, man-made canals, locks, and water diversions were constructed to connect lakes and rivers. This made navigation by water much easier, and allowed for much larger boats to travel. Unfortunately, the connection of these waterbodies also allowed for invasive species like the Sea Lamprey to travel to new lakes.

Hunting

Hunting as a Pathway Waterfowl hunters should be aware that it is possible to inadvertently spread aquatic nuisance...

Movement of Wood

Moving Wood as a Pathway Diseases and insects that are deadly to trees and forests in Ontario can be transported on...

Live Bait

Did You Know? Many anglers use live bait like minnows and crayfish. While these might help you catch a big fish, some...

Trail Use

What is a Pathway? A pathway is a route by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by...

Float Planes

Float Planes as a Pathway Many aquatic nuisance species, such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, can be unintentionally transported...

Boating

Did You Know? Recreational boating is a fun and exciting pastime, BUT, did you know many small critters may be...

Scuba Diving

What is a Pathway? A pathway is a route by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by...

Ballast Water

Ballast Water as a Pathway When ocean cargo freighters cross the ocean, they use something called a ballast to balance the ship as it crosses...

Horticulture

Did You Know? Invasive plants are spreading through our natural ecosystems, urban landscapes, and agricultural lands at an alarming rate. ...

Programs

Many ecological, economic, and recreational impacts have been observed in North America due to the introduction of invading species. The OFAH/OMNR Invading Species Awareness Program delivers a number of initiatives that promote public engagement in invasive species awareness and prevention across the province. The active participation of boaters, anglers, property owners, gardeners, recreationalists, and all Ontarians is vital to prevent the spread of invasive species. Our efforts today will benefit the ecosystems of tomorrow, as well as contribute to our continued enjoyment of our natural resources.

Volunteer involvement in raising invasive species awareness and prevention is appreciated and fundamental to the success of the Invading Species Awareness Program.

To learn more about how you can get involved, check out the different programs we offer, or call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.

Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments

The spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) via the recreational boating pathway is well documented. Over the last several years, the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP) has implemented various initiatives targeting recreational anglers and boaters to promote actions we can all take to help protect our aquatic environments. In 2015, our efforts have expanded to include a partnership with the tournament angling community to implement a tournament outreach project.

Garlic Mustard Pulls

For the tenth year in a row, staff and volunteers with the Invading Species Awareness Program, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and Kawartha Conservation worked together to rid the Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay of garlic mustard. In total, over the past ten years, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has removed more than 5,000 pounds of this invasive plant.

Hit Squad

The Invading Species Hit Squad delivers on the ground, community based invasive species education, awareness and monitoring initiatives. Working in partnership with OMNRF district offices, stewardship councils, conservation authorities, and non-governmental organizations, over 20 summer students are hired annually to attend local festivals and events, deliver educational programming to the public, and monitor local areas for invasive species.

Invading Species Reporting

The Invading Species Hotline serves as a valuable resource for the public, especially during times of increased public concern. Members of the public are able to call and speak with an invasive species expert to report a sighting or to inquire about invasive species information. The hotline number has been listed on numerous outreach materials created and distributed by the Invading Species Awareness Program. Think you’ve found an invasive species or want more information on invasive species?

Landowners Workshop

As a landowner it is important to be aware of invasive plants that can threaten your property. The Invading Species Awareness Program, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority host FREE workshops for landowners in the Lake Simcoe area.

Operation Bait Bucket
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will once again be conducting Operation Bait Bucket, a joint initiative between the ministry and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) under the Invading Species Awareness Program, in support of protecting Lake Simcoe’s aquatic resources.

Through the Operation Bait Bucket initiative, MNRF crews from the Aurora District office visit and engage with ice anglers around Lake Simcoe to speak about maintaining the health of the lake and preventing the spread of invasive species.

Water Soldier Eradication

An inter-agency working group on water soldier was formed in 2008 to help coordinate research, monitoring, control and prevention strategies. Agency groups include: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Trent University, Lower Trent Conservation, and Parks Canada.

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Invading Species Hotline

 

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