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On January 20th 2021, CSISS will be hosting an Invasive Clam Stakeholder Meeting to share information regarding the recent discovery of Corbicula fluminea (also known as Asian or Golden clams) in Shuswap Lake. A live population of Corbicula fluminea, a freshwater invasive clam, was found in the Shuswap Lake in August 2020. Extent surveys were completed in September and October 2020. There is potential for this species to spread throughout the waterbody and also to other nearby waterbodies. This meeting is to inform all stakeholders about the situation so far and to encourage discussion around any potential response, including the education and outreach response required.

Invasive Clam Stakeholder Meeting Agenda

Meeting Details:
Online Zoom meeting link (See agenda for meeting link: Download the meeting agenda here)
Phone in option (if zoom not possible): +1 778 907 2071 Canada ; Meeting ID: 966 2779 9276
Date: January 20, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm PST (1.5 Hours)
Meeting Facilitator: Robyn Hooper, Executive Director, CSISS
Meeting Scribe: Sue Davies, AIS Coordinator, CSISS

Agenda:
3:00-3:15pm Welcome & Acknowledgement of indigenous lands – Robyn Hooper, CSISS

•   Roundtable quiz – who’s here, affiliation, what’s your interest? (zoom poll)
•   Overview of intended outcomes – Robyn Hooper, CSISS

3:15-3:30pm CSISS Aquatics Program and invasive clam survey extent findings – Sue Davies, CSISS

3:30-3:50pm Brief biology invasive clams (C. Fluminea.), Provincial response to invasive clams and discuss
potential next steps – Martina Beck / Cassandra Silverio, ENV
3:50-3:55pm Okanagan Basin Water Board perspective – James Littley, OBWB
3:55-4:25pm Questions and Open forum with guiding questions:

•   How can we prevent invasive clam spread in the Shuswap and the Okanagan?

o   Clean Drain Dry programs, marina and boat industry outreach, boat-ramp outreach, other ?
o   What other outreach activities / target audiences could we reach out to?

•   Who else can be involved/support this work?

•   What other resources and/or funding is needed and could be sourced or encouraged?

4:25-4:30pm Final Comments and Closing – Robyn Hooper, CSISS

Overview and Purpose: A live population of Corbicula fluminea, a freshwater invasive clam (also known as Asianor Golden clams) was found in the Shuswap Lake in August 2020. Extent surveys were completed in September and October 2020. There is potential for this species to spread throughout the waterbody and also to other nearby waterbodies. This meeting is to inform all stakeholders about the situation so far and to encourage discussion around any potential response, including the education and outreach response required.

The meeting objectives are to:
1) Inform stakeholders of the biology, impacts and scale of the infestation
2) Discuss potential next steps for control or mitigation of impacts
3) Discuss potential education and outreach measures to prevent spread.

Your input is critical in ensuring the delivery of an effective, efficient, and coordinated invasive species program in the Columbia Shuswap. We appreciate your feedback as key partners in helping with this process. For more information, please contact CSISS at: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Download the meeting agenda here