Moss Ball Containment Update
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and its federal, provincial and territorial partners have made great headway in quelling and containing mussel infested moss balls imported to Canada. Infested products were found in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories. Thanks to a rapid response from federal and provincial governments in cooperation with importers and Canadian businesses the situation has been stabilized. Concerted effort e-commerce companies such as Etsy, Amazon and Wish to block sales of moss balls into Canada has also made a big impact. Additionally, some of these e-platforms and e-marketplaces have also agreed to promote the national “Don’t Let It Loose” campaign. Further, an eastern European exporter has voluntarily stopped shipments of moss balls to Canada. Moving forward, DFO has developed a sustained action plan to monitor the situation, including ongoing spot checks at the boarder; site visits to distributors and retailers; and, ongoing outreach and education, including a social media campaign.
We also encourage our members and all those involved in the aquaria sector to report any findings of unknown and potentially invasive species to local authorities. You can also help by promoting the “Don’t Let it Loose” Campaign. This is an easy and impactful way to educate the public about the dangers of releasing invasive species into our native habitat and how to rehome plants and animals safely. You can also check out our PIJAC Canada run website, habitattitude.ca for additional information.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in spreading the word, containing contaminated products and following safe disinfection and disposal protocols.
Article: Invasive Mussels found in Moss Ball products in Canada
Further information on the disposal of moss ball products and treating aquarium water is available here.