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Washington, D.C. (Jun 23) – “The Asian carp could completely unwind the fish population,” announced Senator Staebnow (D-ME). While measures had been put into place over the years to keep the carp from reaching the Great Lakes, the Asian carp, as it is known in the United States, has found a way.
Reaching up to 90 pounds, and without stomachs, Asian carp eat everything in their path. Electric fencing and other boundaries put into place years ago have failed and the Asian carp was found close to Lake Michigan.
Senator Debbie Staebnow addressed the Senate floor this afternoon with the urgent message that the closing of locks between the rivers and Lake Michigan in Chicago and other areas to keep these voracious eaters from demolishing the eco system within the Great Lakes required immediate attention.
The Army Corp of Engineers is being urged to take immediate action so that the entire way of life in the Great Lakes is not ruined by an invasion of Asian carp. Impacting not only tourism, but the actual lives of boaters and fishermen, it is imperative that action take place immediately.