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Aquatic Invasive Species Update – April 29, 2019

Posted on: April 30, 2019  |  

Please click below to read a recent bulletin from the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of the Department of Sustainable Development.

BULLETIN-Aquatic Invasive Update-SD

A single Zebra Mussel veliger, the microscopic larval stage, was found in a sample taken near an Ontario boat launch on the NE side of Shoal Lake.  This was a one-time sampling event through a program run by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The City of Winnipeg has been conducting annual sampling for Zebra Mussels for a number of decades now. No Zebra Mussels have been detected through their sampling efforts. This highlights an important message that while a Zebra Mussel veliger has been detected this does not yet indicate that they are established in the lake.

As the majority of Shoal Lake is in Ontario, the government of Ontario is the lead responsible authority. The government of Ontario is working collaboratively with Sustainable Development on possible next steps which could include monitoring to verify the presence of zebra mussels as well as exploring possible management options. Part of the response process will involve key partners and stakeholders.

As we approach the open water season, this is an opportune time to remind everyone that under Manitoba’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Regulation under The Water Protection Act, it is the law to undertake specific actions to be free of aquatic invasive species. This includes actions such as needing to remove AIS, and plants, and draining water from water craft and water related equipment before leaving the shore of a water body.

It is also a good time to let you know that set fines are in effect for offences under the AIS legislation. Officers can now issue tickets for non compliance. Fines range from $174 to $2542. For more information on AIS including laws and set fines, please visit our webpage at Manitoba.ca/StopAIS or call (toll-free) 1-87-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470).

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