Invasive species in two B.C. lakes lead to fishing closures

By The Canadian Press
July 5, 2017 - 12:31pm

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Two lakes in British Columbia have been closed to sport fishing after the introduction of invasive species that the province says could be difficult to remove.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says Fussee Lake and New Lake, both in the east Kootenay region, will not be stocked with trout until the large-mouthed bass and yellow perch populations have been eradicated.

The ministry says in a release that invasive fish species can severely impact other aquatic species including native minnows, young trout and salmon.

It says invasive species are a major threat to lakes and rivers because of competition, predation, parasites and disease.

The ministry says live fish should not be moved or released into any B.C. waterbodies.

It’s calling on people to report any concerns to a regional fish and wildlife office.

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