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(from Matawa First Nations Management Open Data)
on April 7, 2016.
updated over 3 years ago.
Eurasian ruffe is a small member of the perch family and is native to northern Europe and Asia. It was likely transported to North America in the ballast water of vessels arriving from Europe in the mid 1980's. In order to prevent the spread of this invasive species to new areas, the Ontario government, and some American States, have banned the possession and sale of live or dead Eurasian ruffe, and using ruffe as bait. <p>Eurasian ruffe are capable of adapting to a wide range of environmental conditions including fresh or brackish water with low or high nutrients, and a wide range of depths and temperatures. They are also capable of spawning in a wide variety of conditions and habitats.</p>