Montreal - Following the Trump administration’s announcement to suspend a plan to prevent the introduction of silver carp in the Great Lakes, the Green Party of Canada is calling on the Trudeau administration to react.
“The silver carp is a real danger to the Great Lakes ecosystem. This species will be devastating for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. This is an issue that must be taken very seriously by the United States, as it will directly affect Canadian waters. Once in our rivers, this invasive species will devastate the local ecosystem, and it’s very difficult to prevent its progression,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).
Jean Rousseau, GPC Critic in Agroforestry and Francophone Vice-President, said: “I am very concerned about the threat posed by silver carp for the survival of the St. Lawrence. It’s worth noting that on the same day that Donald Trump announced the suspension of the plan preventing the circulation of silver carp, another species of invasive carp – the grass carp – was identified in Contrecoeur.
“I'm worried about the dramatic consequences that the silver carp will have on the environment, commercial fishing and tourism. Tourism in general will suffer,” Mr. Rousseau said.
Daniel Green, GPC Deputy Leader, said: “I call the Trudeau administration to do everything it can to convince the United States to put in place a plan to prevent the arrival of silver carp in Canada. One possible solution would be the installation of electric fences in American tributaries in order to stop the progression of this fish in our Canadian waters.”
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