Clock is ticking on Asian carp timebomb lurking near Lake Michigan

Asian carp are knocking on the door of Lake Michigan and something needs to be done — STAT! — to keep these food-hogging, flying monsters from invading the Great Lakes.

In a recent post, we reported that the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, along with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and Great Lakes United, called on the federal government to take emergency action to keep the Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan and, ultimately, all the Great Lakes.

If you still doubt the severity of the threat these fish pose to Great Lakes fisheries and boaters, check out this video of flying Asian carp in the Illinois River. Fast forward to the 2:45 mark of the video — that’s when the real fireworks start.

If we are to keep the horrific scene in the video from being repeated in rivers around the Great Lakes basin, government agencies need to move quickly to keep Asian carp from sneaking into Lake Michigan.

You can do your part by contacting the U.S. Army  Corps of Engineers and urging the agency to immediately create a barrier to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

You can also contact officials at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources asking them to immediately create a barrier to keep these swimming monsters out of the Great Lakes.

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One Response to Clock is ticking on Asian carp timebomb lurking near Lake Michigan

  1. Tom Matych says:

    Jeff is right, the Asian Carp are a freshwater fish they do not need to adapt to the Great lakes, they will breed and feed which they are very good at, (3 to 4 times a year spawn) We are not totally without hope though. Google (common carp control using native predators) the principle is the same, carp grow past size native fish can eat then live 20 years. We need to rebuild our native fish populations to intercept the spawn attempt, we have no choice, once they get to big, they are too big and live 20 years spawning 3 to 4 times a year, thus they quickly overrun every place they went in the world, and they will here too if we do nothing.