Aquatic Invasive Species in NL Waters

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native to a region and have the potential to cause harm to the environment, human health or economic activity. Hull fouling and ballast water release represent the vector with the greatest potential for introduction of AIS into Newfoundland and Labrador.

What Can You Do To Help?

What can you do to stop invasions?

Remember the three R's:
Recognize, Remove and Report.

  • Recognize: Please take the time to learn how to identify the AIS (see the Fact Sheets below) and bring the Fact Sheets with you when you will be spending time in the marine environment.
  • Remove: Follow the recommendations at the end of each Fact Sheet. Clean your boats and gear of all plants, animals and mud. Drain all water from the vessel before transferring to another body of water and use antifouling methods to eliminate hull fouling.
  • Report: Tell persons you know who are involved in marine activities to get involved.
    Keep an eye out for any AIS and report any findings in your area, with the location (including GPS coordinates if possible) and the date, to:
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada (NL Region) 1-866-266-6603.

Aquatic Invasive Species - Fact Sheets

Please use these Fact Sheets (pdf format) to help you identify and take action against the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in NL waters: