The Invasive Species Centre is looking for a Partnership and Science Manager to oversee implementation and reporting on programs and collaborations within the workplan of the Invasive Species Centre.
The Partnership and Science Manager will work closely with the Management Team to carry out the organization's key objectives, and provide training and guidance to staff. Applications must be subbmitted by May 6, 2016 at 4PM .
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New French Language Asian Carp Canada Website Makes a Splash
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Invasive Species Centre has partnered with Fisheries
and Oceans Canada to launch a comprehensive French language version of their
Canadian website on Asian carps. Asian Carp Canada (www.carpeasiatique.ca)
provides information on all aspects of Asian carps, including the most recent
prevention, warning, response and research efforts to address the overall
ecological and socio-economic threats of Asian carps to the Great Lakes and
Dave Burden, Regional Director General, Central and Arctic Region of Fisheries
and Oceans Canada said, “the need to protect our environment, economy and social
well-being from the Asian carps threat is of paramount importance. This is why
partnerships between Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Invasive Species Centre
and others across North America are so vital to ensuring that up-to-date
information on Asian carps is available to all Canadians.”
The website serves as a gateway to retrieve reports, fact sheets, webinars, maps
and educational materials in a way that is easily accessible for a variety of
audiences. Visitors to the website can explore information describing the four
different species of Asian carps, their history in North America, and the
ecological and socio-economic risks if they were to establish in Canadian
waters. Visitors will also learn about the many efforts toward monitoring,
prevention, and response in both Canada and the United States with an emphasis
on Canadian actions, including work underway by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The
website also offers more technical and scientific information for those
interested in exploring topics in greater detail.
Tracey Cooke, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre said, “Every
Canadian needs to know more about the serious threat of Asian carps to the
ecology and economy of the Great Lakes. The new carpeasiatique.ca website offers
easy access to timely information about Asian carps in the French language.
Increasing collective knowledge and awareness about Asian carps will help to
prevent their establishment in Canadian waters.”
“Asian carps” refer to four species of carps (Bighead, Black, Grass, Silver)
that are native to China and southern Russia. All four species have escaped into
the wild in North America and three have established self-sustaining
populations, particularly in the Mississippi waterway system in the United
States. Beyond the tremendous socio-economic cost for the commercial and
recreational fisheries, the establishment of Asian carps into Canadian waters
poses a threat to native species and overall biodiversity because Asian carps
are likely to alter fish habitat, compete with native fishes for food and space,
and act as carriers for diseases or parasites.
Winning Team Reels in $3,000
On Saturday, March 5th, the Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition brought
together experts and the public to watch fifteen teams of post-secondary
students propose original ideas to address the threat of Asian carp in the Great
Lakes. The winners, "Operation Carpageddon" from the University of Toronto
Scarborough, reeled in $3,000 in prize money. Their innovative solution involved
the installment of a non-physical barrier in the Chicago Area Waterway system
that would carbonize a section of the waterway to deter Asian carp species from
entering the Great Lakes system. Second place, and $1500, went to CarpBusters
from the University of Waterloo for their idea of implementing biological
control using engineered Koi Herpesvirus 3 to manage populations. Third place
were the Sustainable Carp Poolers from Fleming College who suggested luring
Asian carp into a "carp pool" with sonar acoustics and using the harvest as a
sustainable source of agricultural products. The third place team won $500.
The contest would not have been possible without the generous support of
Fisheries & Oceans Canada, the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters, the
Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and the University of Toronto Scarborough.
To learn more about the competition and Asian carps visit
the Asian Carp Canada website.
The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species will assemble the
best & brightest in the business – be among them! ICAIS 2016 will be held April
10-14th at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is widely considered
to be the most effective forum for discussion of new and emerging aquatic
invasive species issues. Some topics of discussion include emerging invasion
threats, outreach and education, policy and legislation, and pathways for
The deadline is quickly approaching for early bird prices so
Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act, Receives Royal Assent
The Invasive Species Centre endorses the leadership of the Province of
Ontario in passing Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act. After passing the
Third Reading on October 21, 2015, the Bill has promptly received the Royal
Assent necessary for its approval. The first of its kind, Ontario’s Invasive
Species Act fills a large legislative gap that addresses the need for
provincial authority to deal holistically with invasive species. There is no
similar comprehensive instrument anywhere in Canada at the federal or
provincial levels that condenses the authority to deal with invasive
species. By implementing this Act, Ontario will take a large step forward to
proactively prevent invasions and expedite the response when invasions
occur. The Invasive Species Centre’s own work to prevent harmful invasive
species impacts on Canada’s environment, economy and society will be
bolstered by this appropriate systemic change in the province of Ontario.
Because of its geography and trade centres, Ontario is especially at risk
for the significant, far-reaching environmental and socio-economic impacts
that invasive species cause. This Act gives Ontario the tools and
authorities needed to intercept and quickly respond to invasive species by:
having the ability to classify the threat level of a species, prohibiting
the import and possession of significant-threat species, and by providing
the Minister with the power to implement a temporary-threat designation to a
newly discovered invader. By passing the Invasive Species Act, Ontario is
taking necessary action to limit the costs and impacts of invasive species,
and protect Ontario’s environment, economy and society for its citizens and
future generations. The Act will come into effect in one year.
approved Bill and
Invasive Species Centre presentation to the Standing Committee on Social
Policy can be accessed online for further reading.
Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition
Asian Carp Canada is hosting an Innovative Solutions Competition for
post-secondary students, on March 5th 2016, to develop a device, technology,
equipment, chemical, or other method that could be utilized to either
prevent or manage Asian carp. 15 teams from post-secondary institutions
across Ontario have registered to showcase their original ideas at the
University of Toronto, Scarborough in hopes of winning a cash prize!
For more information visit the
Innovative Solutions Competition page.