Asian Carp Response Plan
In partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) has developed an Asian Carp Response Plan. This plan describes how the OMNRF, DFO, and their partners will respond if Asian carps are detected in the Great Lakes or if there is a release of live Asian carps into a Canadian water basin, for example a truck accident on a bridge. The plan describes how to identify and report Asian carps, and how the best management action would be determined. It includes protocols on how to communicate with agency partners and the public and also sets out the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies and specifies approvals and permits that might be needed. The plan is intended to be a living document that evolves as the understanding of Asian carp biology, ecology, control and management improves.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are working closely with U.S. agencies to coordinate detection and response efforts in shared waters. These partners are also working together to better understand new control technologies and improve knowledge of the food and habitat requirements of Asian carps.
In July 2012, DFO and OMNRF became members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) then organized by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The committee includes all U.S. Great Lakes states and federal agencies involved in Asian carp control. It provides a forum for the Canadian government to share information with partner agencies and collaborate with them in prevention, detection and monitoring activities.