Sea lampreys are truly the vampires of the sea.
Not only are they the scourge of native and sport fish throughout Lake Michigan, but also the enemy of the fishing and tourism industry.
Through expensive and continual fisheries management efforts, the government has cut the invasive lampreys down to about 10 percent of their former numbers. But the threat remains.
When each surviving female lamprey can spawn at least 60,000 eggs, the population balance is fragile at best. To lose the battle against the bloodsuckers would be disastrous. Fishing tourism would dry up and fishing-related jobs would be lost.
This is why we must support the efforts of U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists and officers as they apply lampricide into Crockery Creek and other tributaries this month. The pesticide, which zeroes in on lampreys, has been an effective tool used against the vampires for decades.
This go-round, the lampricide is expected to kill 95 percent of the creatures in the creek.
So, stay out of the water while the lampricide is applied, and look forward to seeing fewer bloodsuckers.
Because, just like Bruce Cleveland of Loving-it Fishing Charters said, it would be great if "there was zero in Lake Michigan."
We can ill-afford to allow the lampreys to multiply unchecked, and we wouldn’t mind if the creatures were eradicated from our waters entirely.
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