Asian Carp Getting Closer And Closer To Lake Michigan

Posted: Nov 3 2015, 7:30am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Asian Carp Getting Closer and Closer to Lake Michigan
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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife warns against the approach of the Asian Carp
  • Asian Carp Approaches 12 Miles Nearer to Lake Michigan

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Asian Carp approaches close to the Michigan Lake and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife are concerned with the inhabitation of the species due to their dire feeding habits.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has taken initiative on the threat recorded by U.S. Fish and Wildlife on Sunday. She has urged that Obama administration should take “immediate action” to respond to the threat of Asian carp.

The researchers informed that the species has been found 12 miles nearer to Lake Michigan. Stabenow told the press that she was concerned about the approach of the Asian Carp to Lake Michigan.

“I remain extremely concerned that Asian carp are getting closer and closer to Lake Michigan,” Stabenow, D-Mich., told the Free Press. “Time is running out.”

The Silver carp are one of the species otherwise known collectively as Asian carp. News of the find, reported on the coordinating committee’s website, noted that the small fish were found approximately 12 miles closer to the lake and that it brings the leading edge of juvenile Asian carp detections about 66 miles closer to Lake Michigan than it was at the beginning of 2015.

Species which is non-native to the Americas is collectively known as Asian carp are voracious eaters. Worries are high that they could decimate habitat and food sources for fish throughout the Great Lakes if they reach Lake Michigan.

Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, a group of federal and state agencies monitoring the spread of the invasive carp, reported that Fish and Wildlife crews detected two small silver carp upstream of Seneca, Illinois, in the Illinois River, on Oct. 22.

Each of the fish measured about 6 ½ inches in length. Carp are still farther than 76 miles from Lake Michigan and that several dams, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers’ electric dispersal barriers, remain between the leading edge of the carp and the lake.

Stabenow and other members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, are calling for immediate action. This will include urging the Obama administration to free up funds to research efforts to block the carp at key choke-points in the Chicago-area waterways.

“I will continue to urge the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate action to protect the Great Lakes basin from this terrible threat,” said Stabenow.

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