Invasive Species Canada

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Invasive Species Canada, Invasive species are plants, animals and micro-organisms in an area where they have never been before. They can adapt, spread quickly and don’t have natural predators in the new environment.

These species can invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to Canada’s economy and environment.

Invasive species have become a bigger concern in recent years as worldwide trade and travel have increased the risk of spreading these species. They can either be imported from other countries or spread between different areas within Canada.

Examples of invasive species include

Insects, such as the Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth;
invasive plants, such as jointed goatgrass and woolly cup grass; and
plant pathogens, such as plum pox virus and potato cyst nematode.

As Canada’s national plant protection organization, the CFIA

prevents the introduction of invasive species through import regulations;
regulates the movement of invasive species within Canada;
monitors invasive species that are not yet found in Canada; and
determines if an invasive species is now established.

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