Keep water free of awful Asian carp

The sport fishing industry is one of the top tourism draws in the Great Lakes region, bringing in billions of dollars to our state and surrounding areas.
Jun 10, 2013

While this remains a top draw, a threat is emerging that has the potential to drastically alter the Great Lakes ecosystem and this tourism money draw — Asian carp. This invasive fish has struck fear in the minds of anglers all across the Great Lakes basin.

While this threat constantly looms over the region, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is taking proactive steps to keep the invasive fish at bay.

The group recently was in Grand Haven, taking samples of water from the Grand River to conduct baseline analysis for Asian carp. This data will be used to compare samples in future years to see if there is any presence of the invasive species.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife service's efforts to monitor the region to make sure that Asian carp don't infiltrate the local waterways is a positive one. By keeping a watchful eye on the water, anglers can rest assure that the threat of the invasive fish is being taken seriously.

As threats to our aquatic environment emerge, we hope that state and federal researchers will continue to protect our precious ecosystem, and tourism and sport fishing economy. Millions are counting on it.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. 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

Terribleted

It's too late to stop it..The reason is there is a Gov't Agency involved and they have been doing studies for years..Now we are doing more studies..Anytime the US Gov't people are involved they never get anything logical done..There is hope in that they will form a new Agency with a bunch of incompentent people and perhaps they will ask help and advice from the States involved..We faced problems like this(lamprey) and came up with a solution..I hope I am wrong..

retired DOC

The courts have already ruled not to close the waterway as it would hurt some of Obuma's buddies in IL.

truthhurts

Agreed! The writer is far more optimistic than I am that adequate prevention measures are being made. The Gov. take on it is, waste money to determine when the fish heads get here rather than do something about it.

bigdeal

That seems true to an extent. They can't seem to agree on sealing that hole in Illinois, because of the few boaters living there. Politics must have gone much smoother way back when they first dug that ditch to connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi river. Probably didn't have to get federal court approval.

Vladtheimp

Why is everyone suddenly critical of the government when it is merely continuing its policy against racial profiling?

The studies will probably determine that the matter should be handled by homeland security, who will pat down every fish, young or old, healthy or sick, Asian or Whitefish, that attempt to enter Lake Michigan. In tabulating the number of fish coming in, Chicago will count dead ones.

Wingmaster

Lol Vlad, you covered a lot of bases there. I assume Rahm will be in charge of the dead fish.

Vladtheimp

He seems to excel in presiding over a city where Mortal Kombat is not a game. He just sends fish. I love it that the Second City cops call him "Tiny Dancer" http://www.bing.com/images/searc...

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