The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of Canada is a national, not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the pet industry in Canada and dedicated to establishing appropriate and generally acceptable standards of care and to promoting recognition of the importance of pets to the Canadian public. PIJAC Canada is an active player in an international network of pet industry associations and has been a strong and consistent voice for the pet industry in Canada since 1988.
The creation of this Web site, a forum dedicated to invasive alien species for aquarium hobbyists, backyard pond owners and water gardeners, was made possible through funding from the Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program (IASPP) - Environment Canada, and with the assistance of the association's U.S. counterpart, PIJAC U.S.A.
The goals of this initiative are to:
- increase public and industry awareness of the environmental risks and problems associated with the release or escape of invasive alien plants and animals from aquariums, backyard ponds and water gardens;
- prevent and manage these situations by providing practical information on what to do with unwanted aquatic pets or plants, without causing harm to the environment;
- provide information, links and contacts for Canadian government (federal, provincial), academia and other organizations involved in the fight against the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.
PIJAC Canada wishes to thank all of the government, academia and industry stakeholders who contributed to the realization of this initiative.
For more information about PIJAC Canada, visit: www.pijaccanada.com
For more information about Environment Canada, visit: www.ec.gc.ca