Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.6 - Aquatic Invasive Species


Aquatic invasive species are a major threat to aquatic biodiversity, ecosystem health, and the fisheries and aquaculture industries that healthy and productive ecosystems sustain. To address these issues, a Canadian Action Plan to Address the Threat of Aquatic Invasive SpeciesFootnote1 was developed. The Action Plan aims to prevent the introduction of new invasions, detect new invaders early, respond rapidly to new invaders, and, where necessary, manage established and spreading invaders. Knowledge derived through science activities, such as research on pathways of invasion, methodologies to detect new invasions, risk assessments, and control measures, supports Canadian and international regulation, agreements, and the development of management frameworks in support of the Action Plan. The Department's efforts to address aquatic invasive species were bolstered by the Asian Carp Program, announced in 2012. The Program aims to protect Canadian waters, namely the Great Lakes watershed, from Asian carp through activities focused on prevention, early warning, rapid response, management, and control.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
10.8 15.0 13.9 13.6

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
72 72 70

Performance Measurement

Decision-makers and legislative authorities have science information and tools to manage aquatic invasive species domestically and internationally Percentage of approved requests for science advice on aquatic invasive species that are completed 90% by March 31, 2014
Sea lamprey abundance in Great Lakes falls within individual lake targets Number of Great Lakes with sea lamprey abundance within the lake target 5 by March 31, 2014
Program managers have the tools necessary to prevent or manage the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes Percentage of requested tools (e.g., scientific reports, publications, outreach products) delivered to managers within the required timelines 100% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • Control and Management of Aquatic Invasive Species - Develop a regulatory policy and regulations, with authority under the Fisheries Act, providing the tools necessary to control and manage aquatic invasive species nationally and regionally.
  • Asian Carp Program - Deliver prevention, early warnings, rapid response, management, and control for the Asian carp populations threatening the Great Lakes.