Control strategies to address invasive species

Invasive species cause damage to ecological, social and cultural systems. BC naturally has a lower diversity of fish species than other areas of North America; as such, BC fish species and aquatic ecosystems are paricularly vulnerable to invasion. Determining how to address invasive species depends on which methods to consider and the objectives of control. We have begun using structured decision making to determine the best way to control invasive species in any particular waterbody. To address invasive species, we use PVAINVAS, which is a population viability analysis used to evaluate control options for invasive species. We work with agencies and stakeholders to determine what they want to achieve with invasive species control and how to get there.