Invasive Species

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of Ontario’s waters. Recreational boaters have been identified as one of the key pathways for the introduction and spread of invasive species. How can you help? CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and trailer before moving between waterbodies to reduce the risk of spreading invasive species. After all, we each have a responsibility to protect our natural resources in Ontario. For more information, visit or to report invasive species, visit or call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.

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Since 1992, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have been working together to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species in Ontario through education, outreach, surveillance, and management. No matter the invasive species, each and every one poses a risk to our biodiversity and will have consequences on our economy, our society, and may even impact human health.

So what can you do to help stop the spread? Learn to identify invasive species and submit reports to or call our Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711. Also, as a boater, you can CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat before moving between waterbodies. Everyone can take proactive steps to stop an invasive species from arriving or spreading to new locations, rather than try to remove it after it has already become established.

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