Carp News
'Carp czar' defends government response
Written by Traverse City Record-Eagle   
Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:28
The federal government is committed to keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and is putting a strategy in place as quickly as possible, despite complaints of foot-dragging, the Obama administration's point man on the issue said Thursday.

John Goss, Asian carp director in the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said agencies had made significant progress in 2010 that includes adding a third tier to an electric barrier south of Chicago and erecting fencing to stop the unwanted fish from reaching Lakes Michigan or Erie by hopscotching across tributary waterways during flooding.

Efforts this year will include researching ways to disrupt their breeding, detecting any Asian carp beyond the barrier and getting commercial fishermen to remove 1 million pounds of the pest below it, he said.

"This is going to be a significant challenge for a long time," Goss said during a public meeting in Traverse City. Still, he added, "We have an opportunity to stop it. I believe we will be successful."

Cox Appeals in Asian Carp Case
Written by Attorney General Mike Cox   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:36

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox today announced his office has filed a notice of appeal from the first preliminary court ruling in his lawsuit to stop the advance of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.  Attorneys general from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania signed on to Michigan’s notice, which was filed today in federal District Court in Chicago.  The Great Lakes states are appealing a December 2, 2010 ruling that denied Michigan’s motion for preliminary injunction, which called for several immediate actions. 

“Although our suit continues to move forward, the urgent threat that Asian carp pose requires that we aggressively pursue this preliminary injunction,” said Cox.  “Until the federal government takes effective action, Michigan and our Great Lakes partners will take full advantage of every opportunity we have to ensure our livelihood is not destroyed by Asian carp.”

Anti-carp bill awaits president's signature
Written by Watertown Daily Times   
Friday, 03 December 2010 09:10
Legislation to help stop the spread of Asian carp to the Great Lakes crossed a final legislative hurdle Wednesday, passing the House. It awaits only President Barack Obama's signature.
The Asian Carp Control and Prevention Act prohibits the importation or interstate shipment of Asian carp, which can grow beyond four feet long and weigh 100 pounds. They devour large amounts of plankton that native species need to survive. Their entry into the Great Lakes would seriously harm the region's sport fishing, environmental and tourism industries, groups say.
Officials spin findings on Asian carp
Written by Detroit Free Press   
Sunday, 10 October 2010 20:29

Science is supposed to be unbiased. Yet recent developments on the Asian carp front demonstrate how politicians and industries can try to skew scientific findings to serve their interests.

First, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  suggested that an Asian carp found above an electric barrier that's supposed to keep them out of the Great Lakes was put there by people. That bolstered local politicians and businesses that oppose closing the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the vector by which Asian carp threaten Lake Michigan.

GLFC Lauds Canada's Plan to Assess Risk of Asian Carps
Written by GLFC   
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 18:33
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission today praised Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea for launching a major initiative to assess the risk Asian carps pose to the Great Lakes. The risk assessment will be conducted jointly between scientists in Canada and the United States; the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will facilitate the project. This risk assessment will be the first binational effort to evaluate the likelihood of Asian carps spreading throughout the Great Lakes basin and to gauge the potential effect of the species on the Great Lakes ecosystem. The assessment will involve preeminent scientists in the field, will be peer-reviewed, and should take about eighteen months to complete.

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