Ontario, Quebec, Great Lakes States Announce Invasive Species Pact
Agreement Focuses on Keeping Asian Carp Out of Lakes and Rivers
Ontario has announced an agreement with Quebec and eight U.S. states to keep invasive species, such as Asian carp, out of the Great Lakes and other shared waterways.
The agreement makes it easier for partners to work together by sharing expertise and resources if a new invasive species is found in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.
Ontario is already taking strong action through the recent introduction of the Invasive Species Act, which would support the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species. If passed, Ontario would become the first province in Canada with standalone invasive species legislation.
Protecting the Great Lakes is good for the environment, good for the economy, and is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.
- The agreement was announced by the premiers of Ontario, Quebec, and the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
- If established into Ontario waters, Asian Carp would significantly damage the province’s $2.2 billion recreational fishing industry.
- The cost of managing invasive zebra mussels in Ontario is estimated at $75 to $91 million per year. This includes costs to municipalities, businesses and power producers.
- You can report invasive species sightings to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/.
“Invasive species don’t stop at the border, so it’s important that Ontario works with its partners to provide a quick, co-ordinated response to threats such as Asian carp. This agreement is an important step towards protecting our natural environment, our lakes and rivers and our economy.”
“Our government is committed to protecting Ontario’s environment and economy from the destructive impact of invasive species. A healthy environment is good for recreation and tourism, good for natural resource development, good for the economy and good for the people of Ontario.”