Ontario and U.S. Work Together to Control Asian Carp
McGuinty Government Taking Further Steps to Protect Environment and Economy
Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario has joined the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) in a further step to prevent the introduction of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
The U.S. government established the committee in 2009 to coordinate efforts among federal, state and local agencies to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. If Asian carp enter the Great Lakes, they could potentially eat the food supply our native fish depend on and crowd them out of their habitat, posing serious economic, social and environmental threats to Ontario and neighbouring Great Lakes states.
Protecting Ontario against invasive species is part of the McGuinty government's plan to ensure a healthy environment and a strong economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to Ontario families -- health care and education.
- Ontario released its Invasive Species Strategic Plan on July 3, 2012. The plan focuses on strong coordination between local, provincial, federal, and bi-national organizations to combat the threat of invasive species like Asian carp, zebra mussels and round gobies.
- In 2005, Ontario prohibited the buying and selling of several live invasive fish species, including the four species of Asian carp.
- Since 2010, enforcement officers have seized almost 39,000 pounds of Asian carp that were destined for Ontario markets.
- ACRCC partners include the Council on Environmental Quality, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and all eight Great Lakes states.
There is no question that Asian carp pose a significant risk to the province and the many industries that depend on our Great Lakes. We are making every effort, along with our partners, to address this threat aggressively and work together to safeguard our biodiversity."