Vancouver – Threats to biodiversity are being felt across Canada and the world. After habitat loss, invasive species are the second biggest threat to global biodiversity. Aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat to Canada’s waters, economy and society. They can grow quickly, compete with native species and alter habitats.

The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has launched the new Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund (AISPF) and provided advanced notice for an upcoming Call for Proposals.

The Government of Canada is investing $36.6 million over five years to fight aquatic invasive species in Canada. This includes $8.75 million in contribution funding for Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s newly created AISPF over fiscal years 2022-23 to 2026-27. Eight multi-year projects have received a total of $3.3 million dollars in directed funding for fiscal year 2022-23 of the AISPF. These projects will aim to increase awareness and to take action against the threats posed by aquatic invasive species amongst Canadians, including boaters, anglers, aquarium owners, pet stores, and more.

An upcoming Call for Proposals for the remaining years of funding will run until August 31, 2023.

The AISPF will strengthen partnerships between the federal government, provinces and territories, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the general public. These partnerships will facilitate on-the-ground, preventative actions against aquatic invasive species as well as education, outreach, detection and response activities.

Preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species is the most cost-effective way of limiting their harm and contributes to the protection of Canada’s waters in the fight against biodiversity loss.

“Taking concrete action to preserve biodiversity across Canada is crucial, especially in our waters. I am pleased to introduce the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund. This fund brings together innovative organizations, Indigenous communities, the provinces and territories in partnership to protect Canadian waterways from destructive aquatic invasive species.” – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick Facts

  • Aquatic invasive species are non-indigenous fish, invertebrate or plant species that have been introduced into a new aquatic environment, outside of their natural range.
  • They cause millions of dollars in damage annually to human infrastructure as well as billions of dollars in lost revenue from various industries.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada collaborates with partners across Canada to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species in our waterways.


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