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To fight aquatic invasive species, Ottawa announces $14.7 million for prevention.

Ottawa announces $14.7 million to fight aquatic invasive species

Key Takeaway:

  • The federal government is committing funds to fight aquatic invasive species in five national mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • The work would also support the recovery of species at risk, including west slope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and Athabasca rainbow trout.

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault announced Saturday that the federal government is committing funds to fight aquatic invasive species in five national mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia.

Guilbeault announced Banff, Alta., with $14.7 million being made available over the next five years to prevent and maintain invasive species in Banff, Kootenay, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, and Yoho national parks.

The cash is to be used for prevention and education programs. 

The government is committing funds to fight aquatic invasive species in five national mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia. Image: Reuters

Environment and Climate Change in Canada said the parks are vulnerable to non-native species of mussels and the parasite that causes severe disease in fish.

Invasive species could be spread by people enjoying mountain lakes and rivers.

The work would also support the recovery of species at risk, including west slope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and Athabasca rainbow trout.

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Alberta Premier Kenney said he invited Guilbeault to the province.

“We are happy that he came to Alberta to greet the minister, and we hope he will continue to listen to the Albertan perspective,” Kenney told a conference on Saturday.

“Without Alberta and the oil industry and their involvement, it would be impossible for Mr. Guilbeault and his government to attain their objectives when it is to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Kenney said he hopes to bring a message when meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa in short order. He said there would be a focus on the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero, an agreement between five major producers to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and require significant investment.

Source-CTV News

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