The document outlines procedures (best management practises) for fieldwork carried out by Ministry staff and its contractors. The introduction and spread of a whole range of non-native aquatic species is posing an increasing risk to fisheries and biodiversity of B.C.'s aquatic environment. One major pathway by which a range of these organisms are spread is the accidental transport of these aquatic hitchhikers on waders, boats, trailers, nets and other equipment moved between water bodies. Proper disinfection procedures need to be followed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species between watersheds during fieldwork. These procedures describe methodologies which prevent the spread of Dydimo, a microscopic freshwater algae that can form large mats in rivers and streams. However, the range of the methods described here are also successful at preventing the transport of other freshwater species like New Zealand mud snail, Eurasian watermilfoil, and zebra / quagga mussels.
Herborg, Matthias. 2009. Equipment disinfection procedures to prevent the accidental spread of aquatic invasive species. Version 1.1 June 2009. Ministry of Environment
Keywords: alien species,british columbia, field gear disinfection procedure
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