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.
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