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July 7, 214: Today, Minister Diane Finley announced the opening of a new Asian carp science lab in Burlington, Ontario. This state-of-the-art facility joins fight to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes.

The facility is another example of the Harper Government's investment in important scientific research and prevention against invasive species. Rather than shipping samples for analysis outside of the country, the new lab will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists to rapidly test samples collected in Canadian waters, right here in Canada. Researchers will now get testing results in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks, saving both time and money in the ongoing monitoring to prevent Asian carp entry.

"The potential presence of Asian Carp in our waterways presents a significant threat for our waterways, and in turn our commercial and recreational fisherie" stated Minister Finely. "The Harper Government is working to ensure that we take all possible preventative measures. We now have a state-of-the-art facility in Burlington which means that faster and more reliable research for invasive species can take place right here in Canada."

Employees from the new facility will also now be conducting routine early detection inspections in high-risk waterways, starting this summer.

MP Preston shared that this summer members of the Asian Carp program will revisit early detection sites established in 2013 in lakes Huron and Erie, and will be visiting lakes Superior and Ontario to establish early detection sites there. Ongoing research into fish behaviour will also be taking place, including collaborative research with the US on barrier techniques for control and containment with a study site here at the Bayfield Institute.

Asian Carp poses a significant threat to recreational and commercial fishing industries. That means it could have an impact on jobs, on families and dozens of local economies. The Harper Government is working hard to ensure all possible preventative measures are taken while continuing to support job creation and economic growth in Canada.

In May 2012, the Harper Government announced up to $17.5 million in funding to protect Canada's Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp. Those funds were allocated over five years for the prevention, early warning and management of these potentially destructive invasive species. The new state-of-the-art lab, housed in the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, is part of this initiative.


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