Asian Carp and Snake Head Carp the next big threat to our waters !

Meeting of The Birds of Directors

Meeting of The Birds of Directors

This serene picture of Silver Lake was taken where there was still some water to be enjoyed this past summer. We chose this picture because of Tim’s humourous title and today’s message is coming from the Board of Directors of the Port Dover Water Front Preservation Association.   The message however is not serene and concerns a serious situation we are potentially facing in Norfolk County as well as other areas that border our Great Lake Waters.

The Board of Directors of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association would like to bring the following seminar to the attention of all members. It is their opinion that   the removal of Misner Dam   would  allow species such as the Asian Carp and Snake Head Carp to enter Lynn Waterway and other rivers that flow into the Great Lake Basins.  We are now facing a  disastrous situation that could  be controlled by restoring the dam and not constructing fish ladders.  If you are concerned, consider attending the seminar described below on Feb. 21st.

THE GREAT JUMPING CARP CAPER – Illustrated Talk by David Frew

Thursday February 21 at the Port Dover Harbour Museum
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”

Back in the 70s, a rubber shark in a blockbuster movie made the whole world leery of ocean beaches.  Now it seems to be happening again – only this time the terror is in fresh water. According to the some scientists it is just a matter of time until huge carp make their way into Lake Erie, where they may change everything that we have ever known about the Great Lakes.  These invasive refugees from southern catfish farms escaped during high water cycles in the early 1990s.  They slithered across corn fields and found their way into the Mississippi watershed, which is now joined at Chicago to the Great Lakes, thanks to manmade locks.  As these monster fish – some of which can jump ten feet into the air – head north, they are killing sportsmen, annihilating native species and destroying bottom structures.  Are perch and walleye doomed?  Could we possibly eat them?  Are we eating them already?

You can find out on Thursday February 21st when the Port Dover Harbour Museum hosts David Frew’s fascinating illustrated talk on the latest invasive species to threaten our lake. David is a professor at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and the author of a series of books on Lake Erie shipwrecks as well as his popular volume on Lake Erie rum running, Midnight Herring.

David is one of the Harbour Museum’s most popular speakers and this is the initial presentation in the museum’s annual Harbour Lecture Series. Admission is $5.00 at the door

Port Dover Harbour Museum – 44 Harbour St., Port Dover (519) 583-2660  www.portdovermuseum.ca

In the meantime, we are confident that Tim will get us the first pic of a Snake Head Carp when it makes its way past his idyllic work shop and Bryn decides to go hunting for snacks. 

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