International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS)
The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) is the most comprehensive international forum to address new and emerging issues related to aquatic invasive species (AIS) in freshwater, marine and estuarine environments. ICAIS provides an international platform for the presentation of research to advance global action to limit the introduction and spread of AIS worldwide and serves as a catalyst for international collaboration on research and management projects. ICAIS covers a wide range of topics, including species biology, risk assessment, prevention, management and control methods; ecosystem impacts and restoration; public education and outreach initiatives. Through knowledge sharing and networking, ICAIS connects those involved in science and policy with practitioners and industry professionals on the front lines of AIS prevention and management.
The introduction and spread of non-indigenous aquatic invasive species (AIS) in marine and freshwater environments have had significant negative ecological and economic impacts worldwide. Next to habitat loss, invasive species are the greatest threat to native biological diversity.
The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) had its genesis in 1989 when the first North American conference on aquatic invasive species was held to address the introduction and spread of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Laurentian Great Lakes.
Over the past three decades this conference series has become the most comprehensive international forum for review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest research; introduction of new technologies for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and showcasing public education and outreach initiatives that raise awareness of AIS in freshwater, marine and estuarine environments.
In 2014 the Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre (ISC) received approval from their Board of Directors to become ICAIS Secretariat to provide continuity, leadership, and administrative oversight of the conference going forward. In that capacity, the ISC collaborates with the host organization of each conference.
The Invasive Species Centre’s (ISC) vision is a Canada where land and water are free from invasive species. The ISC prevents the introduction and spread of high-risk invasive species by catalyzing action, sharing knowledge, and increasing and diversifying investments in invasive species. Incorporated as a non-for-profit in 2011, the Invasive Species Centre is a hub for collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Centre is a respected partner and leader in invasive species science, education, and action.
After hosting ICAIS 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the ISC became the ICAIS Secretariat, to provide continuity, leadership, and administrative oversight of the conference going forward. In that capacity, the ISC collaborates with the host organization of each conference, supports the Technical Program Committee, and is the home for the conference between events.