Asian Carp Summer: Ontario, 2015

Corporate Knight’s Winter 2016 edition includes a feature on the summer of 2015—Ontario’s Asian carp summer.

In July and September, researchers from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority found eight mature, fertile grass carp along the Toronto waterfront: three at Tommy Thompson Park and a further five during monitoring efforts at the Toronto Islands marina.

From the piece:

Karen McDonald’s heart sank when she learned that two grass carp were caught at the wetland construction project she manages for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The agency had been looking for the invasive fish for a decade. But when three 30-pound, fertile specimens turned up at Tommy Thompson Park on Toronto’s waterfront in July, a chill ran through the organization. “There was a collective ‘Oh no,’ ” McDonald observed. “Someone said it was just a matter of time.”

The silver lining? The eight grass carp were found to be hatchery born, meaning the good news is that these fish weren’t born in Lake Ontario. Small victories.

Read the entire piece here.

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