Sea Lamprey Barrier – Grand Opening Thursday

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00AM representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec will officially open the new and state-of-the-art sea lamprey barrier. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will present information on the construction, operation, and importance of the new barrier.. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge have agreed on an international partnership for the ownership and operation of a seasonal lamprey barrier that was put into operation in April 2014. Built at a cost of over $1,300,000 and funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, this barrier is designed to capture sea lamprey before they reach their spawning grounds in the ‘’ruisseau aux Morpions (Morpion Creek)’’ a tributary of the ‘’ rivière aux Brochets (Pike River)’’. Morpion Creek is home to the largest uncontrolled population of sea lamprey in the basin. Preventing sea lamprey from spawning in Morpion Creek is a long-awaited accomplishment that will further enhance the ever-improving sea lamprey control program in Lake Champlain.
The barrier was designed and implemented according to the environmental requirements of Québec and pursuant to an authorization from the ‘’Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs ‘’ (MDDEFP). This innovative barrier passively captures sea lamprey and passes non-target aquatic organisms upstream, thereby avoiding the use of pesticides. The sea lamprey is a parasitic fish that spends 4 years as a blind and toothless larvae before transforming into a juvenile where it feeds on blood of other fish. After only 1.5 years in the lake, they return as adults to rivers where they spawn. The sea lamprey prevents the restoration of native lake trout and Atlantic salmon and severely impacts Lake Champlain’s sport fishery.051414 - Sea Lamprey Barrier - SLIDE
The gathering will take place in the heart of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge (900 Rue Principale, Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec, J0J 1M0, Canada) Park at the rear of the Town Hall. This first-of-its-kind technology is an addition to the attraction of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, which has long provided a stopover for cyclists and passersby.

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