Presented by: Tim Gingera, Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
In 2015, Canada passed the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations (AISR) into law. The objective of this legislation was to create a comprehensive national AIS framework that would complement the patchwork of provincial legislation. The federal AISR create several prohibitions, such as import, transportation, possession, and release, while also allowing for the deposit of control substances that target specific AIS. Prior to these regulations, there was no law covering the interprovincial transfer of AIS or their import into Canada. Furthermore, additional resources were made available to DFO in 2017 for the implementation of the AIS Regulations. With new resources come new challenges on a complex jurisdictional landscape within central Canada. Regional AIS priorities are determined by the in-land provinces, as they are the delegated freshwater AIS authority. The relatively new presence of the federal AIS Program has led to many challenges for all government agencies involved, such as determining the GoC’s role with AIS and how to best achieve a variety of priorities among the three Prairie Provinces. This presentation will review the partnership between DFO's and the province of Alberta's AIS Programs, and how the federal program has aimed help support Alberta with limited resources.