Spread the Word Not the Mussels
The Riding Mount UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) is concerned about the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), especially Zebra Mussels, into our AIS-free lakes and watersheds in Manitoba.
Preventing the Spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Species
As AIS spread is largely due to the introduction of AIS into new waters by contaminated boats and water-related equipment, our ultimate defense is a widespread awareness of AIS by stakeholders and the public. Consequently, we are asking your organization to participate in our Online “AIS Awareness” networking effort by sharing this to your members.
To enable people to quickly and easily get up-to-speed, below we have assembled an ‘Online information kit’ that includes key links to Manitoba AIS information sources and pertinent materials posted by other jurisdictions, which are also striving to stop the spread. We are focusing on the Zebra Mussel, as it is the predominant threat and its control measures are applicable to many other invasive species.
“Spread the Word, Not the Mussels” Information Kit
Don’t Move a Mussel – Website of the Okanagan Basin Water Board
– CBC News, September 21, 2015
Invasion of the Zebra Mussels – Alberta Conservation Association
“Silent Invaders” Zebra Mussels 2013 – The North American Fishing Club
Zebra Mussels Threat – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
The Manitoba StopAIS Program
Manitoba Water-Users “CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY AND DISPOSE” Regulations
Decontamination Instructions – for boat owners, anglers, hunters and recreational water-users, leaving known AIS invaded waters and for those wishing to be extra cautious (note: make sure water temperatures are as specified):
Step-by-step method to clean, drain, dry and decontaminate boats and
Decontamination Methods for Water-related Equipment
Watercraft Inspection Program Schedule – Free boat decontamination is available at Manitoba AIS Inspection Stations. This is the Schedules and Locations link, where updates are posted.
Other Ways to Help
Other ways people can help to prevent the spread of AIS to non-invaded waters:
1/ Help expand the “Spread the Word Not the Mussels” network by forwarding this email to family, friends and associates and/or by posting the link below on your social media.- just copy and paste this link http://rmbr.ca/research/spreadthewordnotthemussels/.
2/ Have “THE TALK!”. Some good advise from B.C.
3/ Print out the Manitoba Zebra Mussels Fact Sheet and/or the Regulations and post them on billboards in their communities and have businesses, especially boat dealers, fishing-supply retailers and service stations, post them in their stores. You could also post them at public boat launch sites, if no other AIS signage is present.
4/ Participate in the AIS Awareness Network by sending us your suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for expanding the network and/or other ways of protecting our non-invaded waters .
5/ You can also join the AIS discussion on our RMBR Invasive Species FaceBook Page.
6/ Work with your community organizations to organize local awareness and AIS control strategies, such as, establishing local hot-water decontamination stations to make boat and equipment decontamination easier for people. Sources of free videos for public presentations can be found here (comprehensive) and here (short clips). Educational DVD sources here.
7/ If you would like to get involve with our AIS Awareness and Protection Strategies group, please contact us at email@example.com.
We thank you for being part of our network and helping us preserve the lakes and streams we love and so many of us depend upon.