SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO (April 4, 2018) – The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our freshwater resources and protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species. On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, announced today the Government of Canada’s increased investment to help control the invasive Sea Lamprey and to protect valuable fisheries in the Great Lakes.
This new funding will increase the capacity of Canada’s Sea Lamprey Control Program, which is the Canadian agent of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, to reduce Sea Lamprey numbers and advance protections for Great Lakes fisheries.
Sea Lamprey is an incredibly destructive invasive species. The Sea Lamprey Control Program uses several techniques to target Sea Lampreys during different stages of their life cycle including focused lampricide treatments, physical barriers and trapping. The Canadian control program is tightly coordinated with the efforts of the United States to deliver an effective, border-blind approach to controlling this aggressive and resilient invasive species.
Today’s funding will enable the establishment of a new team able to conduct lampricide treatments in deep water areas. The additional personnel will increase our capacity to assess Sea Lamprey abundance, to measure how effective treatments are, and ensure that control measures can be delivered with minimal risk to other aquatic species. The funding will increase our capacity to maintain and improve physical barriers and dams to block Sea Lampreys from migrating to spawning areas. Canada’s investment will also allow the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to increase its research and coordination actions to protect and sustain fisheries in the Great Lakes.