Water-related aircraft such as float planes and water bombers can spread aquatic invasive species (AIS). They can harbor AIS such as adult zebra mussel, which can attach to submersed areas such as floats, pontoons and other water-related equipment. Zebra mussel larvae are microscopic and can be found inside any space that holds water.
Regulations under the federal Fisheries Act and Manitoba's The Water Protection Act apply to water-related aircraft. Overall it is illegal to possess AIS, such as zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, black algae and rusty crayfish in Manitoba. Combined, federal and provincial legislation aims at preventing the introduction and spread of AIS.
In addition to general provisions, more strict measures are in place where AIS, such as zebra mussels have established. These areas are called control zones. Control zones are areas in which AIS have been found or are expected to spread. The stricter measures pertaining to control zones are in addition to the general cleaning provisions and they apply to watercraft, ORVs and water-related aircraft being removed from control zones.
Aircraft cannot be moored in the Central Control Zone for longer than 12 hours unless the aircraft’s floats or pontoons are treated with anti-fouling paint maintained in good condition.
Anti-fouling paint is paint treated with biocides or other products intended to prevent the attachment or slow the growth of organisms. Note: Anti-fouling paint must state on the label the paint is to prevent attachment of zebra mussels. Also, antifouling paint not approved by Health Canada cannot legally be used in Canada.
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency regulates the use of anti-fouling paint for use in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/index-eng.php..