Smallmouth bass were found in Miramichi Lake in 2008, and later found in the main southwest Miramichi in 2019.
DFO originally planned to electro-fish the lake over a 3-year period to remove all smallmouth bass; a program which ultimately failed.
Smallmouth bass are an invasive species that prey on our salmon and will aggressively destroy and eliminate the salmon population. DFO have been repeatedly negligent in their handling of the smallmouth bass, despite a 2015 Minister’s Report recommending DFO eradicate the smallmouth bass population immediately.
For further details, please see the attached link:
CBC Article – MP says DFO ‘incompetent’ in handling of smallmouth bass case
MSA – Recovery Strategy 2020