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 (www.asiancarp.ca)
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
“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
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.
Regulations for Aquatic Invasive Species Announced by Fisheries and
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.
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 asiancarp.ca.
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.
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
and the book is available for
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.