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Invasive species talk slated here tomorrow
By Heather Ogilvie
Fort Frances Times Online (Ontario)
Posted April 10, 2006

    Francine MacDonald, the Invasive Species/Aquatics Biologist from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, will make a presentation Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.

    Invasive species, such as the round goby, Eurasian ruffe, zebra mussel, purple loosestrife, and rusty crayfish, are a serious threat to fisheries, woodlands, and wetlands in the district.

    It’s believed it is critical to prevent their introduction here.

    Bruce Hamilton, who is organizing Tuesday night’s presentation, noted it is very important for this topic to be discussed in Rainy River District.

    “The round goby is found in the Great Lakes near Thunder Bay and the rusty crayfish is located in Lake of the Woods,” he indicated Monday. “These are two invasive species which are pertinent to our area.”

    Tuesday’s session will focus on the ways invaders are introduced, how to identify them, the impacts on anglers, and prevention.

    Invitations have been extended to marina operators, tourist outfitters, bait and tackle retailers, and tournament organizers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

    “There has been some interest from the people I’ve talked to,” noted Hamilton, although he is disappointed by the response from the invitations sent out.

    “This is a very important issue and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that people decide to come out,” he added.

    Sessions also are being held this week in Atikokan, Kenora, and Dryden.

    For more information or to confirm your attendance, contact Hamilton at 274-2558.

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