The response plan describes different incident levels and their triggers (i.e. which species, how many, fertility) and the appropriate actions to be taken in each case. It outlines the command structure, including roles and responsibilities of those involved. Emphasis is placed on safety, and on proper communication flow within the structure, between responding agencies, and with the public.
Photo of response actions undertaken in Toronto in 2015 by DFO, OMNRF, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority following the capture of three Grass Carp. (Photo Credit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
The Asian Carp Response Plan is intended to be a living document that evolves as the understanding of Asian carp biology, ecology, control and management improves. DFO and partners will continue training for response activities, both in-class and on the water, to refine our practices and integration, in preparation for real events.
Boat crews from DFO and MNRF participating in operational response activities (boat electrofishing) during a 2017 Asian carp response training exercise. (Photo Credit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)