Invasive Species Legislation Back

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The provincial government has re-introduced legislation to give it more power to defend against invasive species like Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Carp.

Minister of Natural Resources Bill Mauro says it will allow Ontario to work even closer with other jurisdictions to keep them out but to take other action if needed.

“When invasive species do establish in Ontario, the legislation will provide us with tools to detect and inspect and eradicate, which is not the preferred option,” he says. “The (Asian) carp is probably the poster child for this legislation. It poses an incredibly major risk to the commercial and recreational fishery in the Great Lakes.”

He says there are more enforcement provisions, but also compensation if private property is affected.