How You Can Help

To protect Manitoba's waters and valuable aquatic resources from the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, you can help:

  • Learn how to identify aquatic invasive species.
  • Learn about, and how to comply with Manitoba's Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations under The Water Protection Act. Also there are Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations under the Federal Fisheries Act.
  • Learn how the AIS Regulations pertain to various conveyances such as:
  • Learn how all water-users play an important role in protecting our water bodies from AIS by learning:
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. All bait used in an AIS control zone must be disposed of on shore before leaving the water body. Information on bait use and AIS, can be found here.
  • Learn about the importation rules for bringing bait, watercraft and water-related equipment into Canada.
    • Only worms in paper bedding can be imported at bait.
    • It is illegal to import zebra mussels, quagga mussels, bighead carp, silver carp, black carp or grass carp into Canada.
    • Watercraft entering Canada must be clean, drained and dry.
  • Do not release any aquarium or water garden plants, animals or water into any Manitoba water body.
  • Report new AIS sightings to the Aquatic Invasive Species hotline at 1-87-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470) or online here:
    • Note the exact location and date of sighting. Take several pictures of the specimen. The picture will be used to help with identification.
  • Inform others on how they can help prevent the spread of AIS.