Sustainable Development

Aquatic Invasive Species

What is a decontamination?

A decontamination involves is a series of procedures to kill and remove aquatic invasive species. Using hot water at low pressure at close range is the key step. The use of high pressure water on an aquatic-invasive- species-contaminated surface can be done afterwards to remove any residual attached AIS not removed during the initial clean, drain, dry and dispose steps.

When is a decontamination required?

Manitoba’s Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation under The Water Protection Act requires decontamination of:
  • water-related equipment that cannot be completely dried before placing it in another water body
  • watercraft removed from a control zone
  • water-related equipment removed from a control zone

Who can conduct a decontamination?

Decontamination can be conducted:

  • at a watercraft inspection station run by the Manitoba government
  • on your own, following the step-by-step procedure

Where can I go a get a decontamination?

Decontaminations can be performed by the Province of Manitoba’s Watercraft Inspection program. There is no fee for this service. Priority will be given to watercraft which has exited a control zone and is required by law to be decontaminated prior to launching into another water body. Courtesy decontaminations may be performed as time allows.

For up-to-date information on the location and times when the Watercraft Inspection program will be available, click here, or follow the Province of Manitoba’s Twitter page.

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