“Fishing is supposed to be a relaxing pastime. It provides the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the natural wonders we cherish. But with the number of invasive species in our waters, there’s nothing simple about it anymore.”
Those are the words of Tony Hansen in an op-ed today in the Detroit Free Press. Hansen, who works for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, writes about the devastating impacts of invasive species, and what it means for anglers in Michigan.
The impacts stemming from the introduction of a deadly non-native fish virus are highlighting how the invasion of non-native species are contributing to the breakdown of the Great Lakes and impacting the lives of millions of people who depend on the lakes.
The most unfortunate and mind-boggling thing is: we have solutions to combat invasive species by preventing new introductions. So what’s the problem?
“Meanwhile, federal lawmakers drag their feet on a package that would help stop the flow of invasive species. The National Aquatic Invasive Species Act would address the many problems associated with their introduction, control and management. Importantly, the bill addresses ballast water discharges at the national level, requiring all ocean-going vessels to properly treat ballast water to halt new infestations of invasive species.”
It all comes down to having the will to do the right thing.
It’s time that Congress become part of the solution.
You can do your part by calling Congress today and urging them to take action.
Or, send a letter to the Detroit Free Press editorial page, telling them that you agree with Hansen and that Congress needs to get off the couch and do something about invasive species:
(Cut-and-paste your letter into the email, as attachments will not be accepted.)
Free Press Editorial Page
600 W. Fort St.