OUR VIEWS: Kill the lampreys

Jul 26, 2012

 

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.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier, Nick White and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.
 

Comments

GH Cyclist

It is too bad the editorial board of the Grand Haven Tribune supports dumpIng pesticide chemicals in our waterways with disregard for the well being of other aquatic creatures and potential human contact.

ghborn

if you dont like it dont read it, its pretty said that people have to cry about every article that is written

GH Cyclist

My apologies for caring about the environment and asking people to think twice about the impacts their actions have.

Don't read my comments ever again, please. I don't want to hear you crying about my opinions.

Skeptic Trucker

...to the well being of other aquatic creatures...? Do you even have the smallest clue as to the damage the non-native lampreys do to the "aquatic creatures". The easy answer is to say out of the water for 24 hours when the chemicals go in. This scourge must be completely and utterly obliviated.

MeanSmith

Kill 'em all!! Hear, hear Trib!!

 

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