Minister Shea and MP Larry Miller Host Roundtable on Asian Carp

April 11, 2014

Minister Shea and MP Larry Miller Host Roundtable on Asian Carp

 

Meeting discusses steps being taken to prevent Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes

 

Owen Sound, Ontario – Today, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Larry Miller co-hosted a roundtable discussion with interested stakeholders on the issue of Asian carp.

 

Minister Shea joined MP Miller in Owen Sound and heard from local interests about their concerns surrounding the potential entry of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The Minister reiterated the concrete steps the Government has taken to address the threat including the up to $17.5 million in funding made in 2012 to protect Canada’s Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp. Those funds were allocated over five years for the prevention, early warning and management of these potentially destructive invasive species.

 

Both Minister Shea and MP Miller reiterated that the Government of Canada takes the threat posed by Asian carps very seriously, and has undertaken a number of measures to help prevent their introduction into the Great Lakes.

Minister Shea also committed to the completion of new regulations that would prohibit the import, transport and possession of live aquatic invasive species in Canada including Asian carp.

 

Quick Facts

  • Asian carp are among the top aquatic invasive species being monitored to prevent their arrival into the Great Lakes.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada has worked closely with provincial and U.S. counterparts to support monitoring, control and prevention activities, as well as providing scientific research and expertise.
  • In 2012, the Federal government announced up to $17.5 million in funding to help protect Canadian waters from the threat of Asian carp.

Quotes

“Our Government has taken important steps to prevent and mitigate the risk of Asian carp entry into Canadian waters. Thus far, our efforts have helped prevent the species from becoming established in the Great Lakes basin and we must continue to remain vigilant in these efforts.”

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

“The communities of Bruce-Grey Owen Sound, and indeed all the communities around the shores of the Great Lakes, have a vested interest in ensuring the threat of Asian carp is mitigated and that concrete steps are taken to protect the economy and interests of the region.”

Larry Miller Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

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