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Old 01-08-2010, 07:39 AM
 
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MI State Attorney General Mike Cox filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, hoping to force authorities to close Chicago-area locks in a last ditch (no pun intended) effort to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes and decimating fisheries in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, and at least two Canadian provinces. The government of Ontario has also filed a brief, supporting Cox's action.

Michigan and it neighbors have plenty of concern and plenty of experience dealing with the devastation of invasive species. Great Lakes fisheries were decimated once before with the introduction of sea lamprey. Currently the region is fighting the introduction of zebra mussels which are also ending up in inland lakes, being carried there by careless owners of recreational boats.

In a stroke of genius, the director of the MI DNR transplanted Coho salmon from the Pacific Northwest in the late 60's, early 70's. This has grown into a $7 billion industry. Considering the economic blows the region has already suffered, it boggles the mind that anyone would consider risking the ecological damage to the Great Lakes but would rip away the lifeline to which so many families are desperately clinging.

Cox criticizes Obama over carp | freep.com | Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/article/20100107/NEWS06/1070360/1322/Cox-criticizes-Obama-over-carp - broken link)
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:43 AM
 
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MI State Attorney General Mike Cox filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, hoping to force authorities to close Chicago-area locks in a last ditch (no pun intended) effort to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes and decimating fisheries in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, and at least two Canadian provinces. The government of Ontario has also filed a brief, supporting Cox's action.

Michigan and it neighbors have plenty of concern and plenty of experience dealing with the devastation of invasive species. Great Lakes fisheries were decimated once before with the introduction of sea lamprey. Currently the region is fighting the introduction of zebra mussels which are also ending up in inland lakes, being carried there by careless owners of recreational boats.

In a stroke of genius, the director of the MI DNR transplanted Coho salmon from the Pacific Northwest in the late 60's, early 70's. This has grown into a $7 billion industry. Considering the economic blows the region has already suffered, it boggles the mind that anyone would consider risking the ecological damage to the Great Lakes but would rip away the lifeline to which so many families are desperately clinging.

Cox criticizes Obama over carp | freep.com | Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/article/20100107/NEWS06/1070360/1322/Cox-criticizes-Obama-over-carp - broken link)
They supposedly tried to poison the canal in attempt to kill off the carp. If I remember correctly, the only fish floating at the surface after the poisoning were everything BUT the carp.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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Sad, but true...... according to this article, they are finding carp DNA beyond the electronic fences though.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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It is sad. The Great Lakes could very well be decimated by this while our government stands by with their thumbs where the sun don't shine.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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I hope Michigan is successful in its lawsuit. Sounds like a worthy cause.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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Well, I am not sure why this was moved to another forum as I see it as a Michigan issue, but whatever.......

Read this:

Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100624/ap_on_bi_ge/us_asian_carp_great_lakes - broken link)
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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Anything new about carp destroying Michigan and Ontario's Great Lakes?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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Sounds like carp fishers needed
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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Anything new about carp destroying Michigan and Ontario's Great Lakes?
It's easy to find news reports on the topic. Here's one recent one:

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The Obama administration has spent nearly $200 million to shield the lakes,
focusing primarily on an electrified barrier and other measures in Chicago-area
waterways that offer a pathway from the carp-infested Mississippi River
watershed to Lake Michigan. Critics say more is needed and are pressing to
physically separate the two systems.
Asian carp breed in Great Lakes, threaten fishing
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