Conference on invasive species heads to Niagara Falls Published: 17 April, 2013
Three hundred participants from 26 countries will converge on Niagara Falls, Canada from April 21-25 to share current information on aquatic invasive species.
Invasive species are plants, animals, and other organisms that are introduced to our waterways through human travel and trade. They can harm the economy, the environment and health.
Bob Lambe, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre, said: “For almost two decades, the International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) has been a major forum for sharing cutting-edge research and technology that shapes invasive species policy and management around the world. The ICAIS network of partners has been instrumental in environmental successes such as controlling the spread of invasives through ballast water. The Invasive Species Centre is thrilled to host ICAIS here, among the Great Lakes.”
Guests will include live sea lamprey and key topics will be Asian carp, shipping and ballast water, and bloody-red shrimp. Special attention will be given to the destructive species that triggered the first International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species – the well-known zebra mussel.