The Monday, August 24 edition of The Globe and Mail featured an op-ed I wrote about the discovery of two grass carp at Tommy Thompson Park on Toronto’s waterfront!
In a nutshell, I’m arguing that, while we have reason to be worried that nine-year-old, fertile Asian carp were found in Lake Ontario near the city, the reaction from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was spot on in getting boats in the water to search for more carp.
After 550 hours of combined searching, the largest effort in Canada in one location in search of Asian carp, they found nothing, which is the good news.
The bad news? The funding from Ottawa to pay for these monitoring programs will run out in early 2017. And with an election in October, who knows whether the next government will re-up the funding?