Support for the Re-Introduction of the Invasive Species Act
"Invasive species like Asian carp are a real threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and its fishing, boating and tourism economies. We applaud the re-introduction of the Invasive Species Act which would allow the province to take a more proactive role in stopping new invasive species from taking hold in Ontario, and would enable the government to take action to eradicate invasive species that have become established."
--Nancy Goucher, Water Program Manager, Environmental Defence
"The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is home to Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), and works in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to provide a program of public education and information on invasive species. The ISAP works to promote early detection of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, with the aim of preventing the introduction and spread of these species into sensitive ecosystems. I am pleased that the Ontario government will reintroduce the Invasive Species Act, a positive step in the fight against invasive species. The sale, movement, and importation of invasive species in Ontario are of a serious concern. The legislation being reintroduced by the province would provide the minister with the much needed tools to immediately react when a new species or threat is identified."
--Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
"We are pleased the invasive species legislation is being re-introduced. Invasive species are a serious threat to the biodiversity of Ontario's wetlands and waterfowl habitat. This is an important step forward in the prevention and control of risks posed by non-native plants and animal species."
--Lynette Mader, Manager of Provincial Operations, Ducks Unlimited Canada
"The proposed legislation is welcome and timely, and would help to set clear priorities and identify those invasive species that are posing the highest risk to Ontario's environment, economy and social values. This initiative would also reinforce the importance of all stakeholders working together toward common objectives that would see invasive species being addressed in classrooms, boardrooms and at the community level."
--Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre