CARP ARE COMING: This alien species could wreak havoc if
it makes it into the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press
These fish jump all right, sometimes right into boats.
They've knocked people unconscious and given them whiplash.
And that's just the beginning of why the huge Asian carp
have to be kept out of the Great Lakes.
The big problem is their appetites. Wherever they go,
they suck up all the tiny water life that sustains small
fish and many of the other creatures at the bottom of
the food web. Other fish populations crash.
The Michigan Senate has passed a bill outlawing the release
of many live non-native fish, including these carp, into
state waters. The House should follow suit, and Michigan's
congressional delegation should push fast and hard for
more money and better plans to hold off the leaping creatures.
Don't let Asian carp -- or any other species -- jump
into the Great Lakes basin.