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Search in Toronto's waterfront stepped down after no further Asian carps found

Jul 31, 2015

After more than 550 person hours, the coordinated search for Asian Grass Carp along Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has been called off by DFO.

While the extensive search by up to seven fully crewed electro-fishing and netting boats resulted in no further Asian carps being found, TRCA will continue to carry out its regular fish species monitoring program at more than 100 existing sites along the waterfront.

Earlier this week, one Grass Carp was discovered by TRCA staff, followed by a second found by DFO staff, in a contained pond at Tommy Thompson Park. DFO, as the responsible agency for aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, was informed and initiated an Incident Response Protocol in close partnership with TRCA. Both fish were transported to the DFO lab in Burlington for identification and intensive study.

By Wednesday, MNRF crews joined the ongoing work by TRCA and DFO, conducting an exhaustive search along Toronto's Waterfront in the inner and outer harbor. In total, more than 550 person hours were spent on this incident, including those on the water.

In the event that more Grass Carp are discovered, TRCA will alert Fisheries and Oceans Canada as per protocol.

If members of the public suspect seeing an Asian carp, they are encouraged to call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.

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