Help Stop Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invaders can harm native species by bringing disease and altering ecosystems. This impacts fisheries, tourism, health and recreation in Yukon.


          These signs will be posted at several boat launches throughout Yukon.

                                                                                             (YG image)

What Can I Do?


fish, plants or aquatic

life from one water body

to another

  • It’s unlawful to bring live water creatures into Yukon waters or to transfer them among bodies of water without a permit.
  • This includes live fish, uncured fish eggs, crayfish, leeches and water plants.


and remove mud,

weeds and aquatic life

from  equipment before

leaving the area

  • Mud and weeds can keep invasive species cool and moist, allowing them survive a long time.


water from bilges,

pumps, coolers and buckets

before leaving the area

  • Draining water makes it harder for aquatic invaders to survive and be transferred to new waters.


boat and gear

  • Drying- It can take five days in the sun to dry boats and equipment. If your equipment won't dry before heading back out onto another body of water, then:
  • Power wash your boat and trailer;
  • Freeze solid your small items like footwear, waders and reels in a bag overnight; or
  • Soak gear in very hot water for 30 minutes.

  • Studded or soft rubber waders are your best choice. Felt and other porous soles of boots can trap moisture and spread aquatic invaders.
  • If you have felt-soled waders, it's best to freeze them solid overnight.

   Avoid felt soles



Didymo algae, also known as "rock snot," can live several weeks when attached to felt soles. (YG photo)











Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-5A)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5721
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5721
Fax: 867-393-6263

Email: fisheries@gov.yk.ca