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Asian carp could develop huge presence in Lake Erie: Study

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A scientific report says if Asian carp become established in Lake Erie, they eventually could make up about one-third of the lake’s combined fish weight and cause drop-offs in other fish species.

The study was based on computer modeling and interviews with experts on the invasive carp. It was conducted by scientists with several universities and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

Bighead and silver carp were imported to the southern U.S. from Asia decades ago and have migrated northward. They eat tiny plants and animals that other fish need.

Lake Erie has the most abundant fish population of all the Great Lakes. The study says a successful Asian carp takeover could reduce numbers of walleye and rainbow trout, along with prey species including gizzard shad and emerald shiners.

 

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1 Comment

  • Andrew

    So what?
    You think people actually care about this?
    The US Congress is so dysfunctional that they can’t pass prunes, the President has abandoned the Constitution entirely and is acting like a dictator, the individual state governments and federal governments are no so much at odds that armed confrontations are beginning, and I am supposed to worry about what will happen to the fish in Lake Erie *IF* there is still some semblance of a United States when it happens?
    And yes, I am sure it will happen. Because there is no money in it for the DNR to prevent it from happening.
    That’s how it works now.
    Management of natural resources happens only where they can get corporate sponsorship, and only happens in the manner that money pays for.