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Asian Carp Laboratory Opens

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

New $400,000 lab will help test waters to keep invasive species out of Great Lakes.

A new $400,000 Asian Carp Science lab is now open in Burlington.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller was among the dignitaries on hand for the opening recently.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public works and Government services cut the ribbon to the new state of the art lab that is housed in the Canada Centre for Inland waters.

It's part of the Federal government's 17.5-million dollar investment to protect Canada's Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp.

Miller says it is important to keep the invasive fish out of our Great Lakes.

The Conservative MP says Asian Carp destroy wetlands and also eat a lot of the food that native fish eat, leading to a decline in trout or salmon stock.

One advantage of the new lab is that samples now can be analyzed in southern Ontario instead of sending them to the United States for testing.

So far, the fish have not been found in the Great Lakes system, but they are in some U.S. rivers and streams.



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