HOT TOPICS - Asian Carp


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Asian carp displace native fish by consuming enormous amount of food required by other aquatic species.

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Head of a Carp

* FOCA's summary of the Carp issue

* what's next (and how you can get involved) including key contacts and additional online references

What can be done?

Concerned members are encouraged to weigh in with decision makers on the controls being proposed to prevent the spread of Asian Carp. The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report presents a comprehensive range of options and technologies available to prevent the interbasin transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) between the Great Lakes and
Mississippi River. (Check out page 11 for an executive summary, and page 21 for a table summary of the eight options they researched.) 

Interested members of the public can provide comments on the alternatives presented by March 31, 2014 here

FOCA favours the more protective physical separation options and has endorsed the position proposed by our friends at Freshwater Future.  Have your say!

Write a letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Minister of the Environment to request immediate action to stop this invasive fish from entering the Great Lakes. Call on the Prime Minister to request a summit with the Obama administration to ensure that the short term efforts to prevent an invasion do not fail, and to stress that the U.S. must establish permanent ecological separation between the Mississippi and Great Lakes basins.

 *photo credits: Ted Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

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Carp Explosion

"Carp Explosion" photo by Ted Lawrence, GLFC


Nov 2013 - In October 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the first evidence that grass carp are naturally reproducing in the Great Lakes, specifically in the Sandusky River, Ohio, a tributary of Lake Erie.

FOCA’s Tracy Logan adds, “this development may be a strong indicator that the more troublesome related species (Silver and Bighead Carp) may also be able to self-sustain a breeding population in the Great Lakes.  This information should strengthen the resolve, from individuals, community groups, and governments at all levels – to take the necessary steps to avoid the introduction of these species in our Great Lakes.”

According to AP, "Of greatest concern in the Great Lakes region are bighead and silver carp, prolific breeders that gobble huge amounts of plankton — tiny plants and animals that are vital to aquatic food chains. Scientists say if they gain a foothold in the lakes, they could spread widely and destabilize a fishing industry valued at $7 billion."

FOCA members are reminded to report possible sightings of Asian Carp to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, online at or on Ontario’s Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System website.  

July 2013 -  Letter from the Toronto City Council passing a motion to write a letter to the Federal and Provincial  Ministers of the Environment to strongly urge the protection of the Great Lakes from the invasive species Asian Carp. Read letter here....

July 24 - (U.S.) Feds update plan to protect Great Lakes from carp - $50 million investment announced today (Associated Press)

July 2013 - FOCA writes to Toronto City Council in support of the motion MM37.16 to encourage Ontario and federal Ministers of the Environment and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to urge U.S. authorities to quickly and fully implement a preferred solution to the invasive carp issue.
Read the letter here....

July 2013 - New Report Tipping the Scales: How Canada and Ontario can prevent an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes

June 2013 - FOCA encourages every community to take action, and to take a stand against the invasion of Asian Carp into Canadian waters. Ask you local municipality to stand up and be counted.

Find out more from our friends at Ecojustice, and Freshwater Future - Click here.

June 2013: Asian carp may do more harm than previously thought - The Detroit News


Nov.2012 - Terry Rees of FOCA joined a capacity crowd of key players from the U.S. and Canada to discuss Asian carp control strategies, the extent of the issue, and what individuals can do to stop the introduction of Asian carp to the Great Lakes, and beyond.

Click here for links to the day's presentations...

Report illegal importing, distribution and sale of live Asian carps to:

MNR TIPS line: 1-877-847-766, or to

Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Report sightings of Asian carp of other invasive species in the wild to: 

Invading Species Hotline  1-800-563-7711

November 2012: Read about the "Ecological Risk of Bighead & Silver Carps" in this publication developed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Oct.2012: get your municipality to sign the resolution to stop the carp! Click here to link to the resolution (courtesy of our friends at Freshwater Future)

July 2012: Chicago Tribune reports eerie (hopefully not "Erie") news: "Asian Carp could reach all 5 Great lakes in 20 years." Read the story...

Feb 27, 2012: CBC News report "10 Invasive  Species Threatening Canadian Habitats"

February 2012: sign the petition as an individual to help stop the Asian carp Click here for info and link to the petition...

January 2012: read the Great Lakes United Press Release about the viability of Great Lakes - Mississippi separation. "It is possible"...

Almost 14,000 pounds of Asian carp were seized at the Windsor-Detroit border in January 2012! Read the news story...

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