OVER­COM­ING BAR­RI­ERS

Canadian Wildlife - - OUTDOORS -

Once ex­tremely abun­dant through­out all trib­u­taries to Lake On­tario and the St. Lawrence River, the Amer­i­can Eel has de­clined nearly 99 per cent in On­tario. One of their great­est chal­lenges is mak­ing it past bar­ri­ers, such as hydro dams, along their mi­gra­tory route. CWF is col­lab­o­rat­ing with En­ergy Ot­tawa to de­ter­mine ef­fec­tive­ness of mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies, in­clud­ing a newly in­stalled tur­bine by­pass sys­tem for adult eels and an eel lad­der that pro­vides up­stream pas­sage for ju­ve­nile eels. With Ot­tawa River Keep­ers and the Al­go­nquins of On­tario, we worked to en­sure that the Prov­ince of On­tario is­sues a Gov­ern­ment Re­sponse State­ment (GRS) for the Amer­i­can Eel un­der the pro­vin­cial En­dan­gered

Species Act. Our ef­forts have led to a draft GRS now serv­ing as in­terim pol­icy un­til the state­ment is fi­nal­ized. We also pro­moted the fed­eral list­ing of Amer­i­can Eel as Threat­ened un­der the Species at Risk Act.

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