News from ISCBC

Stay informed with ISC news releases and announcements.

Invasive-wise Tourism Program Launches

The Invasive Species Council of BC is excited to announce the launch of a new Invasive-Wise Tourism Program in 2020. BC is a top tourist destination for travelers worldwide and is known for its incredible diversity of natural landscapes, wildlife and wild spaces. British Columbia’s tourism industry is ranked as the most important sector to BC’s economy, however, tourism is also considered to be a major pathway for the introduction and spread of invasive species. Read more!

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Invasive Mussels Need More Than Clean Drain Dry 

Anglers, boaters, kayakers and all other water recreationalists, can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into B.C. from other provinces, territories or states by following the simple steps of Clean Drain Dry. But it is important to know that Clean Drain Dry cannot always prevent the spread of all aquatic invasive species. Zebra and quagga mussels require extra attention. 

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Five Aquatic Invasive Species Every Angler in B.C. Should Know About 

Recreational fishing is a favorite pastime for many residents and visitors to British Columbia. It provides substantial social, cultural and economic benefits to B.C.; therefore, locals and visitors alike have an important part to play in conserving our aquatic ecosystems and native biodiversity for future generations.  With a wealth of lakes and abundant aquatic resources, B.C. is a popular fishing destination. Anglers play a critical role in helping identify and prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.  

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Call for Youth to Help Protect BC’s Lakes and Rivers - Extended

Do you care about your favorite swimming or boating lake? BC’s lakes and rivers are at risk from the threat of invasive species and the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is looking for a passionate voice from BC’s youth to help raise awareness. ISCBC’s first Aquatic Youth Ambassador will star in a video to air on television and social media later this year. Apply by the extended deadline May 15, 2020!

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Aquatic Invasive Species Education Continues in BC for Paddlers, Anglers, Boaters, and Marinas 

The Invasive Species Council of BC has completed two field seasons of reaching out to communities and their surrounding areas to increase awareness for the prevention and management of aquatic invasive species in BC and is excited to announce the addition of 27 new partners across BC in 2019, committed to preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

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Celebrating Leaders in Invasive Species Prevention and Management

The Invasive Species Council of BC would like to congratulate the 2020 Together in Action Award recipients, presented at INVASIVES 2020, ISCBC’s 15th Annual Forum and AGM.

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Call for Year Three Clean Drain Dry Partners

Following two years of successful pilot program partnerships, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is now accepting partners for the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project’s third and final pilot year. Become a partner and help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species.

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ISCBC’s Dave Ralph Accepts Excellence in Weed Extension Award

ISCBC is proud to congratulate Dave Ralph as the 2019 Excellence in Weed Extension Award recipient, presented by the Canadian Weed Science Society.  The award recognizes excellence among active agronomists, scientists, educators, extension personnel or organizations in the area of weed extension or diagnostics.

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ISCBC’s NAISMA 2019 Conference Presentations Now Available

Earlier this fall, the North America Invasive Species Management Association collaborated with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell a renowned leader in invasive species research and outreach, in hosting the 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference.

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Three Asian giant hornets found in Nanaimo

Nanaimo - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 pm. Three large insects found in the Nanaimo area in August have been confirmed by Canadian and international experts as Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia). This is the first time the Vespa mandarinia species of the Asian giant hornet has been found on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. While the hornets are dormant and unlikely to be seen in fall and winter, British Columbians who think they may have seen one can report findings to the Invasive Species Council of BC at 1 888 933-3722, via the council's "Report Invasives" mobile phone app or at

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