Reel in the fun at Goldfish Derby Days!
The City of Lethbridge is welcoming residents to participate in Goldfish Derby Days to learn about invasive goldfish and koi found in local stormponds. On July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. we will be hosting Derby Days at Chinook Lake to help educate residents on the issue of goldfish and koi in stormponds and the removal of these invasive species.
Residents and visitors who have a fishing licence are invited to come and fish out goldfish and koi. Educational materials will be posted around the pond and members of the Parks department, Water, Wastewater & Stormwater department along with a representative from Alberta Environment will be present.
Goldfish and koi are non-native, provincially listed invasive species introduced into storm ponds that cause problems for the native species and habitat, so they must be removed to create a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Full removal of the goldfish and koi will occur at Chinook Lake and Elma Groves Pond in September with the use of Rotenone, a naturally occurring complex that is not hazardous to human, pet or wildlife health, only gilled species.
Bring your fishing rod and net down to Chinook Lake Park, 265 Bluefox Boulevard North, to participate in Derby Days on July 8 and August 3 and learn about goldfish mitigation and why it is important to never release aquarium species into any natural bodies of water.
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