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New 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 Canadian website on Asian carps. Asian Carp Canada ( will provide 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 beyond.

“Our Canadian oceans and watercourses are an important thread in the economic fabric of this country. They have supported commercial and recreational fishing and have been a way of life for generations of families. Since 2006, we have invested in science, prevention, early warning, rapid response and management and control. We are also proud to partner with groups such as the Invasive Species Centre to ensure that up-to-date information on Asian carps is available to all Canadians,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The website will serve 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.

Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre said, “Asian carps are an issue that every Canadian needs to know more about. This website will offer a way to provide timely information and bring together stakeholders from across governments in Canada and the U.S., the private sector, educational institutions, recreational and conservation groups, and everyday Canadians. Increasing our collective knowledge and awareness about Asian carps will help to prevent their introduction into Canada.”

“If Asian Carps were to become established in the Great Lakes basin, they would pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes’ $5 billion fishery and have the potential to decimate native fish populations. The threat of Asian carps cannot be ignored and is something that the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters does not take lightly,” said Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

“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.

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Regulations for Aquatic Invasive Species Announced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

On Friday, December 5, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, released much-anticipated regulations for Aquatic Invasive Species, under the Fisheries Act. These regulations are intended to prohibit the importation, possession, transport and release of 88 invasive species of invasive fish, mollusks and invertebrates. The regulations can be found at the Canada Gazette Part I and readers can comment publically during the 30-day public comment period. Information on how to comment is on the Canada Gazette website.

The Invasive Species Centre commends the Government of Canada for advancing much-needed regulations to support the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of aquatic invasive species in Canada. These regulations were announced by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on December 5, 2014 in London, Ontario. View the Press Release.

Asian Carp
Learn More about Invasive Species

Asian Carp Canada's webinar series is available to watch!
The Asian Carp Webinar series is available to watch on View all of the past webinars and get a better understanding of the current state of Asian carp in Canada.
View All Asian Carp Webinar Information Here.

Teaching About Invasive Species
Green Teacher Publishes Teaching About Invasive Species

Teaching About Invasive Species is an 80 page tool kit to help teachers teach about invasive species. Whether working inside or outside schools, youth educators will find the innovative perspectives, program ideas, games and activities that they need to engage young people from 6-19 years of age in this challenging topic. The book contains descriptions of 13 innovative, youth education programs, and 14 ready-to-use activities that are appropriate for various age groups. A full table of contents can be found here and the book is available for order online.

Invasive Species Centre Annual Report 2013/2014

Learn more about the outcomes of projects managed, projects funded and the impacts made in the Invasive Species Centre’s 2013/2014 Annual Report.


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