February 22, 2006

Invader carp threaten Great Lakes

The threatening ecological disaster represented by Asian Carp is explained and considered in this excellent account from the Environmental News Network. It deals with the precarious measures being taken to try to prevent the spread of these voracious carp into Lake Michigan, and thus the Great Lakes and the peril that poses.

Thanks to an alert reader for the link.


At 2/22/2006 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very upset about these fish. Something has to be done to save the natural order of our waterways.

At 2/22/2006 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'm concerned for my family and all the other hard working people in our great area.

Oh yeah, and God bless Sen. Jacobs.

At 2/24/2006 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Asian Carp is a quiet but menacing problem in the Illinois River and the Mississippi Rivers.
Just ask Quad Citian of the Year, Chad Pedracke. They're a vicious fish that will knock people out of boats and have knocked women unconscious. Worse, they're killing all the plant and fish life that sustains our waterways. If these monsters of the deep reach Lake Michigan, it could mean the end of an $8 billion industry and a threat to the world's largest source of fresh water.

So anyone who laughs about these Asian Carp is full of it. And it's a good thing that Sen. Jacobs is teaming up with Pedracke to attack the problem.

At 2/24/2006 11:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon above,

Jacobs notion to give nearly a million to a private company to buy equipment to process carp "a good thing"?


Will that money in any way be effective in either reducing the carp population or preventing their spread?

Almost certainly not.

Will it stop the destruction of habitat and harm to other species? Will it do anything to protect the rivers from the damage wrought by these species?


The impact of Jacobs' proposal will have next to no effect on this problem as a whole, and will only serve to help one company profit from the harvest of the carp.

The carp's ability to spread and multiply will far outrun any possible harvest involved in this misplaced effort.

This serious and important crisis is being used simply as an excuse to subsidize a private concern with worker's taxdollars, as it will have negligable effects on the problem which is being used as a cover sell it to the public.

Exactly how many carp are expected to be harvested once this fishery company has built their tax dollar funded improvements would tell the story.

Have these figures ever been so much as mentioned? Are they even possible to predict?

Where is the marine biologist who can then compare the number of carp eradicated in order to supply this company vs. the number who will naturally be produced?

Common sense says that the $900,000 Jacobs wants to give to this company will barely make a dent in the carp population, nor will it have any effect whatsoever on preventing their spread or the damage caused.

At 2/25/2006 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, quit "carping" about the menace of our waterways, the Asian Carp. Quit shooting the messenger and the policymaker -- the only legislator I know with enough fish guts to make this an issue of importance. There are no votes in going after these predator fish that threaten our way of life.

YOu can quibble about how to attack the fish, but there is no debate that encouraging the private sector folks who know about this fish the best is a smart way to start. There may be other ways - beefing up the electric fence that will keep them out of Lake Michigan, finding other ways to get more fishermen on the Illinois River and Mississippi River.

But your tiresome attacks on Jacobs for just having the interest and one possible solution is, well, a bit unfair to say the least. Give him credit for trying.
Don't attack him because a bill seems imperfect. Don't make imperfection the enemy of the good.
Applaud him, and suggest how to improve his strategy to attack the fish. That's the fair way to approach this debate.

At 2/26/2006 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Debate", Mikey did you just type "debate"? I thought POB told you that was a bad word...


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