A 32-pound grass carp caught close to Fort Erie, within the Higher Niagara River in mid-August was discovered to be sterile. 

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Invading Species Consciousness Program (ISAP) Assistant Coordinator Brook Schryer mentioned that the fish was first reported by Fort Erie angler Denis Kreze three weeks prior. At the moment, he was not capable of catch the fish, however famous that it gave the impression to be oddly formed form and swimming in circles close to the floor. Schryer mentioned this hinted it was a hatchery-raised fish. Kreze took pictures of the fish within the water, however it couldn’t be recognized by these.

Kreze was instructed that if he noticed the fish once more, he ought to attempt to seize it or take extra pictures. 

He encountered the fish on Aug. 16, netted it, and despatched pictures to ISAP the place it was confirmed to be a grass carp. The Division of Fisheries and Ocean was instantly alerted, and their workers met Kreze on shore and retained the fish for additional examination. Subsequent testing confirmed the fish was sterile and doubtless a hatchery fish that had escaped from someplace within the US.

A grass carp was additionally caught close to that location in 2020, Schryer mentioned.

If you happen to suspect you’ve captured a grass carp or every other invasive species, take a photograph, word your location, and report it to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or on-line at www.EDDMapS.org/Ontario.

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